Garden City Buffaloes
Bernasky takes third at Great Bend
By BRETT MARSHALL
Garden City High School senior Jonny Bernasky brought home a third-place finish Thursday for the Buffaloes' boys cross country team at the Great Bend Invitational.
Bernasky, the lone qualifier last year for the Class 6A state meet, was clocked at 17:19 for the 5-kilomter (3 miles) race.
His effort helped the Buffs to a fourth-place team finish with 110 points in the seven-team field.
"Jonny had a good day, and we're not surprised. He's running well for us," said GCHS coach Krista Linenberger. "I thought we had a good effort today, and it's a good place to start where we can evaluate each individual."
Senior Miguel Ramirez was next for the Buffs in 21st at 19:06 while sophomores Cody Nagel and Dalton Skipton followed in 31st and 32nd with times of 19:46 and 19:54, respectively.
Aaron Anguiano was next in 35th, with a time of 20:23. Heath Winkleman and Chris Resley rounded out the finishers for the Buffs in 39th and 47th place with times of 20:51 and 21:06, respectively.
Liberal won the boys team title with 33 points. Great Bend and Hays were second and third with 84 and 97 points, respectively. Garden City was next with 110 points, and Buhler was fifth with 113 points. Holcomb was sixth with 115 points and Salina South was seventh with 137.
On the girls side, senior Ana Guevara led the Lady Buffs with an 18th place finish in a time of 18:11 for the 4-kilometer race (2.5 miles). Savannah Peters and Vianeit Lugo came in 27th and 28th with times of 18:58 and 19:03. Close behind were Linda Hinojos in 31st (19:30), Greta Peters in 32nd (19:32) and Jacyn Dawes in 34th (20:08).
Five teams fielded enough runners to compete for team points in the girls division. Great Bend took the team title with 23 points. Buhler was second with 49, and Hays third with 75. Garden City finished fourth with 91 points, and Salina South was fifth with 124.
"We had a few surprises, and a lot of the kids ran well," Linenberger said. "We've got some work to do, and we've got a lot of new kids. It's a sigh of relief to get the first meet over. We can work from there with each one of them in getting them in better shape."
Perhaps the most surprising finishes of the day came from three freshmen girls who were competing in the junior varsity division.
They ended with the the three fastest times on the team, varsity included. Chelsea Jackson's winning time of 17:14 would have placed her fifth in the varsity divison.
Kayla Doll and Alex Miller finished second and third, respectively, with marks of 17:50 and 18:05.
"We knew they were three pretty solid runners in the freshmen group," Linenberger said.
"We just didn't know what to really expect, but they did a nice job. We'll sit down over the weekend and evaluate what we do with the varsity, who will run next week."
The Buffs will travel to the Hutchinson Invitational next Thursday.
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