Garden City Buffaloes
Three freshmen pace Lady Buffs' at Hutch Invitational; Bernasky finishes third in boys
By BRETT MARSHALL
It didn't take long for Krista Linenberger to figure out that she has a bright future with the girls cross country team at Garden City High School.
In their second outing of the young season, three freshmen paced the Lady Buffaloes to a third-place finish at the Hutchinson Invitational that was run at Fun Valley.
"Oh yeah, they ran well," Linenberger said of her three rookies — Chelsea Jackson, Kayla Doll and Alex Miller.
All three finished in the top 10, with Jackson leading the way with a fifth-place effort. Her time of 17:27 was just ahead of teammate Kayla Doll, eighth in 17:38, and Alex Miller, 10th in 17:53.
"They don't seem to let it bother them," Linenberger said of the freshmen running at the varsity level. "There's room for improvement, and experience speaks a lot, but I liked the way they handled everything."
The Lady Buffs finished with 49 points while Hutchinson claimed the team title with 37 points and Goddard came in second with 41. Hays High was fourth with 89.
On the boys side, senior Jonny Bernasky paced the Buffs by claiming third for the second consecutive meet. He clocked a 17:57 in the 5-kilometer race, and Mikey Ramirez was the only other top 10 runner for the Buffs, taking 10th in 18:56.
Goddard won the boys team title with 35 points, Hays was second with 50, Dodge City third with 62 and Garden City fourth with 64.
"It was a little bit of a mixed day," Linenberger said. "We ran at a different course, and the layout just seemed to be slower than the one we've run here before. It was pretty humid, and the times were not as good as last week."
Hutchinson's Chris Wise won the boys title in 17:06 while Goddard's Megan Ballinger claimed the girls 4-kilometer race in 16:37.
Senior Ana Guevara placed 11th (18:06), sophomore Savannah Peters 15th (18:48), senior Linda Hinojos 20th (19:44) and freshman Jessica Bernasky 22nd (20:15) for the Lady Buffs. On the boys side, Aaron Anguiano, Cody Nagle and Dalton Skipton finished 20th, 21st and 22nd in times of 19:50, 19:52 and 19:53, respectively. Jalen Rowland was 26th in a time of 21:09, and Heath Winkelman was 28th in 21:24.
"We've just got to work on getting a little deeper with our runners finishing closer together," Linenberger said. "Obviously, anytime you get three in the top 10 you're headed in the right direction. We just need to get our fifth, sixth and seventh runners closer to the others."
The Buffs will head to Hays next Thursday.
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