Buffs' track teams 1st, 2nd at Maize invite





The Garden City High School girls track and field team continued its dominant ways on Friday, blowing away the other eight teams at the Maize Invitational, while the Buffaloes' boys finished a solid second.

The Lady Buffs finished with 213 points to easily outdistance runner-up Maize's 127 points, while the roles were reversed for the boys division, with Maize scoring 157 points to the Buffs' 123 points.

Head coach Mike Smith was happy with a multitude of performances, but perhaps none was more impressive than the 1-2-3 finish of the three senior girls distance runners — Kayla Doll, Alex Miller and Chelsea Jackson — in the 1,600-meters as all ran their personal-best marks. Kayla Doll topped the trio with a sizzling 5 minutes, 12.11 seconds, while Miller was next at 5:19.80 and Jackson next at 5:29.21.

"It was a perfect night for running, and the girls just did an exceptional job," Smith said of his senior distance aces.

Kayla Doll made it a double when she clocked a 2:22.93 to claim the 800-meter run while also running a leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay team (4:12.16) with Aileen Gurrola, Taryn Tempel and Taylor Linenberger.

It was a double-gold medal day for Tempel in the individual events, as well, as she claimed the top spot in the triple jump (34 feet, 6.50 inches) and the 400-meter dash (1:00.88).

"The thing I like best about everything is that our times and our field event marks keep getting better," Smith said.

Smith noted one of the guttiest performances of the day was produced by the freshman Gurrola, who not only ran on the winning 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams (10:24.71), but also took third in the open 400 (1:02.61) and in the 800 (2:32.18).

"That's about as tough a day as you can ask of somebody," Smith said of his freshman runner. "We're gonna run her in the open 400 next Tuesday (at Salina South) and see what she can do with fresh legs."

Miller also led the way in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:37.95, while Jackson was runner-up in 11:52.09. Alex Telfair captured the long jump with a leap of 16-04.50 while Tempel was right behind at 16-02.

Kaitlin Smith captured a first in the pole vault with a leap of 9-00, while Katy Doll also took first in the high jump with a mark of 5-02. Freshman Lexi Hogan cleared 5-00 to take third in the high jump. Junior Kaylee Kipp, who moved to Garden City from Manhattan, was another top field performer for the Lady Buffs, taking a first in the shot put (37-02) and a second in the discus (117-07).

"We're scoring points in events where we didn't in the past and that's the biggest difference," said Smith of the shot put, discus, and high jump events.

In the boys competition, sophomore Jesus Reyes took two individual titles, clearing 6-02 in the high jump and then running a 2:06.25 to win the 800-meter run. He also anchored the Buffs' winning 4x800-meter relay team, which clocked an 8:47.38. Connor Schultz, Erik Chaparro and Josh Hinde ran the other three legs of the relay.

"Jesus just did a really good job in all of his events, but he was really impressive in the 4x8 as he made up 25 meters on the anchor leg," Smith said.

Dusty Tempel captured a first in the boys long jump (22-01.50) and was second in the triple jump (43-08) while brother Greyson had a pair of thirds in the 100- and 200-meter dashes (11.64/23.57). Chaparro was second in the 3,200-meter run (10:25.73) and Marcus Tula was fourth in the 1,600 (4:46.56). Malcolm Howard had a second and third in the long jump (21-01.75) and the triple jump (40-05). The 4x100-meter relay unit had a runner-up finish in 44.02 seconds. Nick Jauche was second in the pole vault at 13-00 and Pedro Dominguez was third in the high jump at 5-10.

Results in Scoreboard, Page D2.

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