Garden City Buffaloes
GCHS runners young, experienced
By BRETT MARSHALL
It may sound like a contradiction, but this year's Garden City High School cross country teams are young, but experienced.
That's what happens when you have four returning boys and five returning girls for the varsity roster — and yet none are seniors.
That's what Buffs' coach Krista Linenberger will utilize during the 2011 season, which begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday when they travel to Great Bend.
It is a season filled with promise as the youthful freshman girls of a year ago, led by Chelsea Jackson, and the sophomore boys, including Dalton Skipton, Heath Winkleman, Jalen Rowland and Cody Nagel, are now sophomores and juniors.
Jackson is the top returner for either group after qualifying for the Class 6A state meet in Lawrence last year as a freshman.
She finished 33rd at Rim Rock Farm despite losing a shoe just a half mile into the race and running the final 2.5 miles with one shoe.
The rest of that class of girls includes Kayla Doll, Alex Miller, Neysa Harman and Jessica Bernasky.
Linenberger gets another Doll on the team this year with the addition of freshman Katy Doll, who was one of the top middle school runners in the area last year.
On the boys side, Skipton, Winkleman, Rowland and Nagel will form the nucleus for Linenberger this season.
The veteran coach welcomed 62 runners out for this year's team, 36 boys and 26 girls.
Sept. 1--at Great Bend; Sept. 8--at Hutchinson; Sept. 15--at Hays; Sept. 22--at Arkansas City; Sept. 29--at Colorado Springs; Oct. 8--at El Dorado; Oct. 13--WAC (Dodge City); Oct. 22--Class 6A regional, Site TBD; Oct. 29--Class 6A state at Rim Rock Farm, Lawrence.
Boys: Seniors--Dylan Standley, Ampom Chanthavong, Ulises Gonzalez; Juniors--Aaron Peters, Dalton Skipton, Jacob Thomas, Heath Winkleman, Chris Resley, Keaton Larsen, Brevin Irvin, Matt Adams, Jalen Rowland, Pablo Palacios, Brett Cady, Jesse Sanjuan, Cody Nagel, Romario Salazar; Sophomores--Ben Ballinger, Ty Wyckoff, Josh Fabin, Tucker Schiffelbein, Joshua Kreger, Drew Cady, Efren Frayre, Zach Reimer, Stephen Bouddhara, Jarod Standley, Randal Long, Andrew Ramirez, Sean Schneider; Freshmen--Josh Wadel, Helmer Guevara, Donald Gaspar, Caden Murillo, Eric Maxwell, Thomas Keller.
Girls: Seniors--Laura Guevara, Ally Arellano, Syndi Hernandez; Juniors--Gretchen Stone, Savanah Peters, Jacyn Dawes, Kiera Guevara, Vanessa Dominguez; Sophomores--Caitlyn Frazier, Jessica Bernasky, Mallory Howland, Chelsea Jackson, Kayla Doll, Naomi Stout, Gina Resley, Alex Miller, Emily Herrada, Neysa Harman, Ashley Smith, Brianna Melgosa, Evelyn Rodriguez, Maria Rodriguez; Freshmen--Katy Doll, Jessi Fabin, Jensen Strasser, Kimberly Matthews.
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