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Lady Buffs win 6A regional track title, boys 3rd at Maize

Published 5/23/2014

Lady Buffs win 6A regional track title, boys 3rd at Maize

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Garden City High School's girls and boys track and field teams will send a solid contingent of competitors to the 2014 Kansas State Championships in Wichita, which will get under way on Friday at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium.

That was the end result of Friday's Class 6A regional meet at Maize High School.

The Lady Buffs qualified 14 competitors in 10 individual events en route to claiming the first-place team trophy with 140 points, along with two relay teams, while the Buffaloes' boys will have 11 athletes in eight individual events, as well as two relay units. The boys scored 77.33 points to place third in the eight-team field. Maize was first with 115.5 and Dodge City second with 104. Dodge City's girls were a close second to the Lady Buffs with 129 points and Maize third at 121.5.

For coach Mike Smith, it was a mixed bag considering that both teams had finished fourth in the 6A team standings in 2013.

"Expectations are much higher than they were three or four years ago," Smith said in a telephone interview. "Then, we'd been thrilled with this kind of performance. I think the coaches, and the kids, too, have a little bit of disappointment that we didn't get some of our individuals or relays qualified."

All in all, however, the Buffs will be well-represented at the two-day extravaganza.

On the girls side, senior Kayla Doll continued her strong performance by winning both the 800 (2:19.20) and the 1,600-meter run (5:11.79). Her 800 is a personal best, and it took all of that to hold off Dodge City sophomore Jessica Harshberger, who was on her heels at 2:19.39.

"It was a great race, and Kayla really ran great," Smith said. "The Dodge girl has really improved, and it was a close, close finish."

Doll's time in the 1,600 was two seconds ahead of teammate Alex Miller, who placed second in a time of 5:13.85. Miller later won the 3,200 meters in a season-best time of 11:27.53.

Sophomore Kaitlin Smith had one of the top performances of the day by winning the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches. Taryn Tempel captured the triple jump with a leap of 36-11.25, and was third in the long jump (16-03) and third in the 400 meters (1:00.25). Katy Doll placed second in the high jump at 5-02. Taylor Linenberger was third in the triple jump at 34-08. Freshman Aileen Gurrola qualified fourth in the 400 meters (1:01.50), and Chelsea Jackson earned the final spot in the 3,200 meters (11:52.09). Katy Doll, last year's 6A state runner-up, missed qualifying with a fifth-place finish in 12:08.18.

The girls 4x100-meter relay team clocked a 51.55 second but was only good for fifth, just missing by .12 of a second behind Wichita Northwest. The 4x400-meter relay team of Tempel, Linenberger, Kayla Doll and Gurrola placed third in 4:09.10, and the defending state champion 4x800-meter relay squad of Miller, Katy Doll, Gurrola and Kayla Doll ran 9:53.77 to win that event. Junior Kaylee Kipp also earned a return visit to the state meet, as the Manhattan transfer placed third in both the shot put (37-06.25) and discus (120-03).

"We'll be well-represented and the kids will go and compete," Smith said.

On the boys side, Smith could point to a youth movement as freshman George Ross earned a fourth-place qualifying spot in the 200 meters (23.30), sophomore Jesus Reyes in the 800 meters (2:02.35) and freshman Erik Chaparro in the 3,200 (10:06.47).

Sophomore Dakota Brungardt cleared 12-06 to lead a 1-2-4 finish in the pole vault. Nick Juache also cleared the height, but had more misses, while freshman Brian Rodriguez cleared 11-06 for the final spot.

Freshman Zac Karlin and junior Pedro Dominguez went 2-3 in the high jump, both clearing 5-10. Dusty Tempel, the defending state champion, took third in the long jump at 21-10.25, while Dodge City's Tyler Trent went 22-02.75 to take first. Howard was fourth in the triple jump at 42-03.75, and senior Jacob Norquest took third in the shot put with a throw of 42-04.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Ross, Malcolm Howard, Dusty Tempel and substitute Ethan Yardley clocked 45.02 and took the final spot. Yardley replaced Greyson Tempel, who was declared out for the season with an injury. The 4x800-meter relay unit also punched its ticket to state as Conner Schultz, Chaparro, Marcus Tula and Reyes ran an 8:26.08.

The meet was interrupted for nearly an hour at approximately 3:30 p.m. when showers and lightning moved into the area, forcing competitors into the school until the inclement conditions moved away.

Garden City's teams will compete in some finals on Friday morning at Cessna Stadium, with the 3,200 meters set to be run at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Girls swimming

Despite swimming some of their fastest times of the season, the Garden City High School girls swimming team was unable to qualify any of its three relay teams or two individuals into today's finals of the Class 6A state meet at Topeka's Capitol-Federal Natatorium.

Senior Samantha Norton clocked a 2:32.0 in the 200-yard individual medley to finish 24th, while junior Lindsay Bradstreet cut two seconds off her 100-yard breaststroke time in 1:17.88 and placed 21st. It takes 16th-place finish or better to reach the second day of competition.

"Lindsay's time is the fastest we've had in that event in many years," head coach Casey Wise said. "She's thrilled, we're thrilled, with her time. Sam (Norton) was just a little off her best today."

The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Ashley Longoria, Bradstreet, Norton and junior Claire Schmidt posted a time of 2:06.71, and just missed by one place of qualifying for the finals.

"They were right on their time of qualifying, so I thought they all did a great job today," Wise said.

The 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Longoria, sophomores Erika Schafer and Abigail Ginest-Dougherty had a 1:54.0 mark and placed 21st. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ginest-Dougherty, Schmidt, Schafer and Norton cut .5 of a second off and posted a 4:09.0 to place 20th.

"It was a really good day, much better than a year ago," Wise said. "I thought the girls were more loose, more confident and swam their times. It's a tough meet, we know that, but I thought we came and competed."

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