Two Garden City High School programs were on the road to Hays on Thursday, and both came home with impressive performances.
First place is somewhere the Garden City Buffalo cross country teams are getting use to. For the second time in three meets, both the girls and boys teams finished in first place. This time, it was at the Hays High Invitational Thursday.
“We ran really well,” said head coach Krista Linenberger of her team’s performance. “We didn't know what to expect. We worked really hard during practice and we weren't well rested. We had heavy legs, it was hot and windy, but we responded well and finished better than expected.”
Although the girls finished in first, the usual suspects were not the ones who helped the team finish that way.
“We had a couple girls with respiratory problems, and they didn't run very well,” said Linenberger. “We had some girls step up, and help us as a team and that goes to show how deep we are as a team.”
Sisters Brooke and Maya Navarro helped fill the void, and finished in second and eighth, respectively, with times of 22:03.20 and 23:33.60. Junior Taylor Savolt, in her first year on the team, is also showing her ability to grasp a new sport in a short amount of time. Savolt finished sixth with a time of 23:06.40.
For the boys, it was a lot of the same thing. The Garden City boys had six runners finish in the top ten, and the top finisher was Javier Cervantes, who finished second with a time of 17:30.90.
The cross country teams will have nine days to prepare for their next meet on Sept. 23 at the Rim Rock Invitational in Lawrence.
The Garden City Buffaloes volleyball team (10-3) continued its hot start to the season by adding three more wins to their season total, sweeping the Hays Quad on Thursday.
The Buffaloes captured victories over Hays 25-18, 26-24; Pratt 25-15, 25-8; and Ulysses 25-15, 25-10.
“I was really pleased with our performance and our effort, especially since we haven't played since Saturday,” said head coach Trista Bailey. “We had a pretty solid night.”
With the extra time off, the Buffs were able to experiment with a new rotation, a change that perhaps played a big part in the sweep on Thursday.
“With our time off, we worked on a new rotation and worked on our offense,” Bailey said. “It gave us the ability to move the ball around a bit better.”
The Buffs have relied on their strengths as a team to get off on a good start.
“The ability of the girls to be coachable has played a big part in our season so far,” said Bailey. “Even though we’re a younger team, the experience the girls have from a volleyball background, has really helped us this season.”
It's a quick turnaround for the Buffs as they will travel to Maize on Saturday to take part in the Maize Invitational. First game is set to start at 9 a.m.