Garden City Buffaloes
No. 6: Buffs track teams excel at state
Editor's Note:This is the fifth in a series of 10 stories counting down the top sports stories of 2013 as voted on by The Telegram staff.
By BRETT MARSHALL
Consider that in its history, the Garden City High School boys and girls have had more than their share of individual state track and field champions.
But behind a dazzling display of outstanding performances, the Buffaloes' squad put a performance together that will long be remembered.
First, there was senior hurdler Jonathan DuVall, who repeated his 2012 gold-medal victories by claiming the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and in the process ran one of the fastest 110-meter hurdle races in the more than 100-year history of the event.
It was, indeed, one of the best overall team performances in GCHS history, with both boys (48 points) and girls (42 points) claiming fourths, and just missing the trophy presentation.
For their performance, the GCHS track and field team was voted No. 4 sports story for 2013 by The Telegram staff.
On a brilliant day, with just a slight wind at his back (but over the minimum mph), DuVall blazed his way to a 13.89-second performance in what many described as the penultimate technical hurdle race in many years.
Dusty Tempel won the Class 6A long jump with a leap of 22-03.50 while the girls 4x800-meter team shattered the school record en route to a 9:35.40 clocking, and winning the event by more than six seconds.
Aaron Vasquez took second in the boys pole vault (14-00), Katy Doll was second in the girls 3,200-meters (11:22.32). Taryn Tempel also earned a runner-up silver medal, this one in the triple jump with a personal leap of 36-07.
Kayla Doll clocked a 2:22.72 and earned the third-place bronze medal while DuVall took a fourth in the long jump (21-07.50) as did Taryn Tempel in the 400-meters (1:00.19).
Katy Doll also finished sixth in the 1,600-meters (5:21.3) and the 4x400-meter girls relay team of Taryn Tempel, Taylor Linenberger and the Doll sisters took seventh.
DuVall, Dusty and Greyson Tempel, and Vasquez teamed up to take fifth in the 4x100-meter relay (43.25).
With all the outstanding performances, none stood out more than DuVall with his repeat of the two hurdle races, and his time in the 110s, the seventh fastest all-time in Kansas track and field.
"It just feels amazing. I'm in shock with my time," DuVall said after looking at the giant scoreboard with his time posted. "Breaking a state record is amazing. I've been progressing really good, and I knew if I cut down a few things — getting out of the blocks clean, going over the hurdles smooth, getting down on the hurdles low, getting my lead leg low, being quick between hurdles and the lean at the finish — if I did all those, I had a chance to get into the 13s."
His time of 38.43 in the 300s was off his personal best, but it was still good enough. Ironically, the only loss for DuVall all season came to Class 5A state champion Trenton Hammond of Liberal. In the process, though, he knocked off 5A state 110-meter hurdle champ Adam Deterding of Hays.
"I wanted to end this on a good note," DuVall said. And he did. The best hurdler in GCHS history eventually was signed to an NCAA letter-of-intent to run for the Wichita State University Shockers.
Dusty Tempel was perhaps as surprised as anybody, when he came up with his personal best leap in the long jump.
"I don't know how to explain it, other than a lot of hard work went in during the season," Dusty Tempel said. "I just knew I had to be consistent."
Vasquez came up one position short of his goal to win state. After clearing 15-00 the week before at regionals, he cleared 14-00 and then went out with three misses at 14-06.
Katy Doll's performance on the Friday opening day was one of the top efforts for the Lady Buffs.
Halfway through the race, she was midway back in the pack of 16 runners. But then, with 800 meters to go, the Lady Buffs' then sophomore broke through and clipped off one runner after another, eventually closing to less than five seconds behind eventual winner Cameron Guelder of Olathe Northwest.
"I just tried to tell myself to stick with my pace, and not worry about the others," Katy said. "I just kept telling myself to chase down the next girl in front of me."
Taryn Tempel also had her best meet of the season, taking second with a personal best leap of 36-07 in the triple and then placing fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:00.19).
"I got in my first three jumps pretty quick before I had to go run the 400," Taryn said. "After the 400, my legs felt a little heavy. I got a p.r. by nearly a foot. I'm looking forward to improving more next year."
Kayla Doll also saw her efforts rewarded with her 2:22.72 mark in the 800 meters. The older of the two sisters, her third-place effort was two notches higher than her sophomore season.
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