The Garden City High School boys' track team edged out Dodge City to win the team track and field title in Tuesday’s Mike Smith Invitational at Buffalo Stadium.
The Buffaloes scored 135 points to Dodge City’s 118, while the Buffs' girls took second with 108 points to Dodge City’s 163. Scott City’s teams were third in each division.
This season has been a lot of trial and error for the Buffs on both the boys' and girls' sides, with a lot of youth and not much state experience on either side.
“I think we’re coming around in some events we need, some relays,” GCHS head coach Brian Hill said.
Though, the only win the Buffs’ boys received was Angel Ayala’s gold in the 1,600-meter run. The rest of the team points came from the depth of the program, getting second-place finishes from Mario Bustillos in both the 3,200-meter run and the long jump. Ayala and Bustillos also were on the Buffs’ second-place 4x800-meter relay team.
The girls’ team was led by Taylor Savolt’s two first-place finishes during her last home track meet of an illustrious career — 12 state medals, including gold in the 300-meter dash a year ago.
She won the 300-meter hurdles in 46.59 seconds Tuesday, and the long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 11 ¼ inches.
“Taylor has put her stamp on a great career here,” Hill said. “She’s just a hard worker. She’s not really that vocal, but she leads by example at practice. She kind of sets the tone, and I think a lot of our young girls look up to her. The legacy she leaves is not only the greatness of her, but she’s also kind of set the bar for those younger girls.”
One of those younger girls is freshman Kristin Roth, who finished behind Savolt in the 300 hurdles, taking second in 49.36 seconds. She also took third in the triple jump (33-09.50) and sixth in the high jump (5-04).
The Buffs also got a second-place finish from Julie Calzonetti in the high jump, as Calzonetti cleared 5-00 but lost out on jumps to Ulysses’ Rylie Oglevie. Keyhana Turner also took second in the javelin with a mark of 112-05.00.
Holcomb junior Isaiah Armstrong has dominated the 200- and 400-meter dashes this season, and that continued on Tuesday in Garden City.
He won the 200 and set a personal record Tuesday, finishing in 22.25 seconds. He also had his best time of the season in the 400 and won that in 49.25 seconds. He finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.28 seconds, just behind Colby’s Jordan Schippers.
The Beavers got a first-place finish on Tuesday from Jack Thomas in the 3,200 meters in 9:47.39, Parker Vulgamore in the javelin (159-11) and Marshall Faurot won the 110-meter hurdles (15.34), the pole vault (14-00) and the high jump (6-02) on the boys' side.
The Beavers also won all three of the relays, including setting a school record in the 4x800, run by Jack Thomas, Sam Irwin, Kaden Wren and Wyatt Hayes. They posted a time of 8:04.14, shattering the old record — which was broken in 2017 with both Thomas and Hayes on the team — by 4 seconds. On the girls' side, Clare Hawkins won the 1,600 in 5:37.51, Madison Shapland won the pole vault, clearing 10-06, and Jera Drohman won the discus with a heave of 104-11.
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