DODGE CITY — Call it a warm-up to next week’s regionals, but Thursday’s Western Athletic Conference track and field meet in Dodge City was anything but warm.
With the temperature in the 40s and gray skies overhead, Garden City took just three gold medals, two from Taylor Savolt and one from the boys 4x400-meter relay, but with depth, the girls and boys squads found team silvers.
Dodge City’s girls ran away with the team tile with 136.33 points, well ahead of the Buffs’ 80 points for second place.
Great Bend was third (67), Hays fourth (51.66) and Liberal fifth (38).
For the boys, it was a bit closer. Dodge City placed first with 96 points, while Garden City finished with 82 for second.
Great Bend and Hays tied for third (72), and Liberal finished fifth (53).
Savolt captured the only two first-place medals for the girls. The defending state champion in the 300-meter hurdles easily won that event, running it in 46.54 seconds, ahead of Audrey Phelps of Dodge City (47.43).
Earlier, Savolt held off Chidera Okoro of Dodge City in the long jump. She hit 17-3 on her final jump, while Okoro, who went 17-1.5 on her second jump in prelims, finished second.
Ezinne Okoro of Dodge City bested Savolt in the triple jump, going 37-2.5, while Savolt jumped 36-4.25.
Savolt finished second to Dodge City’s Savana Wilson in the 100-meter hurdles, running 15.76 seconds to Wilson’s 15.40.
Garden City’s girls picked up two other second-place finishes. Felicity Rodriguez ran 13.08 in the 100-meter dash, and McKenna Jagels went 8-6 in the pole vault.
The boys' only gold of the day came in the final event, when they ran the 4x400-meter relay in 3:29.15, just ahead of Great Bend (3:31.56).
Angel Ayala came close to winning the 3,200-meter run, losing to Josh Tomlin of Great Bend at the tape. The senior ran a 10:16.80, while Tomlin ran 10:16.59.
That was just one of seven runner-up finishes for the boys.
Nathaniel Hubbard was second in the 400 meters, while teammate Jeremy Garcia finished third.
Jarrod Springston took second in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
The 4x800-meter relay ran an 8:24.78 to finish second to Great Bend (8:23.05).
Trey Nuzum threw 137-1.5 to take second in the discus.
Alex Depaz cleared 12-0 on his second attempt in the pole vault to finish second behind Hays’ Peyton Thorell, who cleared that height on his first attempt.
The Buff’s Josh Janas finished third (11-6).
Garden City will compete next Friday at the Class 6A regional at Wichita Northwest.
Field events are set to start at noon, and prelims start at 2 p.m.