Track & Field

It might have been six days late, but better late than never for the Garden City High School track teams, as the boys and girls swept to titles on Monday at the Salina South Invitational.

The Buffs' boys won the seven-team meet with 112.5 points to squeak past Newton's 111. Salina Sacred Heart was a close third with 107 points. On the girls' side, the Lady Buffs scored 155.5 points while Newton finished second with 133 points.

"It was cool and windy, but it was nice to get the kids some competition," GCHS head coach Mike Smith said. "It's been tough to get any good workouts in, so we loaded them up today with a number of events to get them some extra work."

For the boys, first-place finishes were taken by Aaron Vasquez in the pole vault at 14-6 and Jonathan DuVall in the 300-meter hurdles (39.18). Nick Jauche (12-6) and Brett Cady (12-0) went 2-3 for a clean sweep in the pole vault for the Buffs. Vasquez' mark eclipsed his previous best of 14-0 set earlier this season. DuVall was scratched from the 110-meter high hurdles.

Dusty Tempel was second in the 200-meter dash (23.10), Hunter Delgado was third in the 400-meter dash (53.5) and a pair of relay teams had strong performances. The 4x100-meter baton unit of DuVall, Dusty and Greyson Tempel and Vasquez clocked a 43.80 to take second while the 4x400-meter team of Delgado, Greyson Tempel, Chris Adler and DuVall ran a 3:37.8 to take third.

Taryn Tempel was a double-gold medalist for the Lady Buffs, taking the long jump (16-0.75) and triple jump (34-07). Alex Miller and Katy Doll went 1-2 in the 1,600-meter run with times of 5:28.3 and 5:33.43. The Lady Buffs completed a 1-2 sweep of the individual distance races, as Kayla Doll and Miller clocked 2:26.8 and 2:32.3 in the 800-meter run while Katy Doll and Chelsea Jackson ran 11:52.73 and 12:40.3 in the 3,200-meters. Doll's time was a personal best by nearly 13 seconds.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Miller, Kayla and Katy Doll and Savannah Peters ran 10:04.8 to take first, while the 4x400-meter baton unit of Tempel, Neysa Harman, Miller and Kayla Doll also ran first in 4:18.20. The 4x100-meter relay team of Allison Harman, Kayla Doll, Taylor Linenberger and Tempel was second in 52.73 seconds. Stephanie Almarez and Peters tied for third in the 400-meter run at 1:07.3, while Linenberger grabbed third in the pole vault at 8-0.

"We competed hard and several kids got their best runs," Smith said. "We're just mixing our runners around to see how things work best so we can figure out who will run at our main meets later in the year."

The track teams are back in action on Friday when they travel to the Buhler Invitational.

Girls swimming

Garden City High School's girls swimming team found the competition to be quite a challenge on Monday at the Manhattan Invitational.

The Lady Buffs finished third in the five-team event with 316 points, while host Manhattan easily won with 426 points to runner-up Emporia's 361. Hays High was fourth at 153 and TMP-Marian of Hays was fifth with 37 points.

"We swam well, but both Manhattan and Emporia are pretty solid teams," said GCHS coach Casey Wise.

The Lady Buffs had little time to recuperate after competing Friday in Salina. Their week remains busy as they prepare for a meet in Hutchinson on Thursday and at Wichita Trinity on Saturday.

"They were a little tired coming off Friday, and we've not had any real practice time since Thursday," Wise said. "The next couple of days will give us a chance to get back in and work on some things and get ready for the busy week."

A pair of runner-up individual finishes highlighted the Garden City effort, as Samantha Norton took second in the 50-yard freestyle (27.60) and Lindsay Bradstreet did the same in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.58). Alexa Shaffer captured third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:20.29). Norton also garnered a fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.82) and Katelyn Greene was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.72).

Claire Schmidt and Shaffer swam third-fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, with a photo-finish of Schmidt finishing just .15 of a second ahead, in a time of 6:17.64 to 6:17.79.

"It was Claire's best time, a little bit off but not much for Alexa," Wise said. "But that's good competition for them."

The Buffs got strong performances from their relay teams, as the 200-yard medley unit was second with a time of 2:09.46. The GCHS had both of its relay teams place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with the team of Erika Schafer, Claire Schmidt, Greene and Norton being clocked in 4:13.15, and the team of Ashley Longoria, Erin Kuneyl, Andrea Castillo and Shaffer finishing in 4:31.21.