Garden City High School’s cross country teams made a quick turn around this week, running last Thursday at Hays, then on Tuesday at Ulysses.
The Buffalo boys squeaked out a two-point advantage to take the team championship, 50-52, over Lakin at the Ulysses XC Invitational on Tuesday. The GCHS girls finished in third place as a team. The Stanton County girls squad ran away with the team title by almost 20 points.
"It was really good competition for us and our front runners," GCHS coach Krista Linenberger said. "Our runners found out that many of those small school kids are tough runners and will fight to the end."
Tough runners indeed.
In the boys varsity race, Lakin’s Lawson Beymer won the individual championship with a time of 17:55, while Stanton County’s Golub Kamryn grabbed second place with an 18:06.
Garden City’s Devin Chappel rounded out the top three places, and was the top Buffalo finisher, running the course in 18:25. All three runners, incidentally, are sophomores.
Rounding out the top five finishers were Edwin Garcia, of Lakin, in fourth with a time of 18:45 and GCHS’s Brody Hoff taking fifth with a time of 18:54.
In the girls varsity race, Stanton County claimed three of the top five placings.
The Trojans’ Chesney Peterson set the pace and claimed the top honor with a time of 19:44. Teammate Suzanne Farnham finished second with a time of 21:43. SCHS’s Peyton Peterson finished in fifth place at 22:33.
Garden City’s top finisher was Jocelyn Sosa, who ran the course in 22:27 for fourth place. Southwestern Heights’ Ozia Trujillo finished in third place with a time of 22:12.
In the boys team competition, Garden City finished first, Lakin took second and Stanton County finished third.
On the girls’ team side, Stanton County took first place, Southwestern Heights finished second and Garden City placed third.
Other competitors, their placing and times, from area schools include:
Garden City: Kenji Craig, 12th, 20:00.31; Joel Contreras, 13th, 20:23.19; Evan Gurrola, 17th, 20:55.01; and Isaiah Casados, 22nd, 21:13.42.
Lakin: Dominick Daniels, seventh, 19:28.53; Ty Davidson, 10th, 19:48.76; Ethan Horton, 30th, 21:53.76; Orinn Norris, 34th, 23:03.60; and Pablo Arreola, 42nd, 24:13.23.
Stanton County: Ryan Wenman, ninth, 19:36.93; Spencer Schmidt, 11th, 19:55.72; Colton Adams, 14th, 20:29.01; Uziel Carrasco, 18th, 20:56.79; Blaze Batterton, 19th, 21:04.81; and Cyle Peterson, 25th, 21:21.41.
Southwestern Heights: Bryant Olivera, sixth, 19:22.72; Breden Stanfield, eighth, 19;31.21; Madix Franklin, 16th, 20:47.97; Roberto Funes, 24th, 21:17.35; Victor Testa, 27th, 21:39.75; Jose Alvidrez, 37th, 23:22.57; and Yahir Monarrez, 40th, 23:34.21.
Syracuse: Daniel Aguilar, 20nd, 21:07.63; Jarren Luebbers, 23rd, 21:14.55; Michael Davis, 28th, 21:51.99; Jesse Cooper, 31st, 22:18.90; Uriel Ibarra, 39th, 23:28.39; and Bryson Luebbers, 43rd, 24:15.07.
Ulysses: Bryan Pena, 15th, 20:29.71; Marcus Martinez, 32nd, 22:46.11; Angel Aguilar, 36th, 23:16.68; Irvin Luna, 38th, 23:27.27; Robby Carter, 44th, 24:25.05; Ira Garcia, 47th, 24:47.59; and Tyson Flores, 50th, 27.02.64.
Wichita County: Micah Martin, 29th, 21:51.99; Fernando Magadon, 35th, 23:14.83; Drew Case, 41st, 21:43.83; Yoni Castillo, 45th, 24:25.45; and Luis Rodriguez, 51st, 27:23.95.
Stanton County: Madison Seyb, eighth, 24:19.93; Jania Don Juan, 11th, 24:42.12; Lauren Canny, 16th, 25:49,00; and Belle Batterton, 22nd, 27:58.10.
Southwestern Heights: Yanely Puentes, sixth, 23:14.69; Yesenia Trejo, ninth, 24:36.58; Noemi Jacquez, 13th, 25:05.94; Anastasia Alvidrez, 15th, 25.38.53; Dianna Olivera, 17th, 26:10.76; and Kaylen Langhoffer, 27th, 30:47.43.
Garden City: Andrea Hernandez, seventh, 24:14.82; Selah Hageman, 10th, 24:36.58; Samantha Orozco, 12th, 24:58.58; Lana Rodriguez, 18th, 26:17.31; and Abby Aguilar, 19th, 26.47.20.
Lakin: Jordan Ortiz, 14th, 25:10.82; Anne Sophisticating Van Der Knaap, 20th, 26:49.66; Josiah Ortiz, 21st, 26:50.93; Alondra Mendez, 23rd, 29:03.41; and Kayleen Tanner, 30th, 35:43.65.
"It was a quicker turn around for us from Thursday to Tuesday, but we handled it well," Linenberger said. "We have 10 days before our next race. That gives us time to fine-tune in training and heal some injuries heading into the last couple of regular season meets."
Garden City was scheduled to compete at Rim Rock Farm at Lawrence on Saturday, but the meet has been canceled. The Buffaloes’ next meet will be on Oct. 3 at Newton.