GCHS boys XC takes second at WAC

Brad Nading
Garden City High School's Devin Chappel runs in a meet earlier this season at Hesston. Chappel finished second in the WAC meet Thursday at Liberal.

Devin Chappel and Brody Hoff set the pace for the Buffalo boys cross country team Thursday, leading Garden City High School to a second-place finish as a team in the Western Athletic Conference league meet at Liberal.

Dodge City won the event.

Chappel ran the course in 16:14.28 to finish in second place, and Hoff clocked a 16:41.46 to finish in third place.

The Buffaloes’ Kenji Craig rounded out the GCHS top 10 finishers, placing 10th with a time of 17:25.90.

Other finishers for Garden City include Evan Gurrola in 13th place with 17:45.28; Isaiah Casados ran the course in 18:14.66 for 22nd; Joel Contreras finished 27th with 18:49.51; and Hayden Bailey with 19:09.56 for 31st place.

Dodge City’s Kaiden Esfeld won the boys race in 15:54.10.

“We fell a little short in both teams’ aspirations for team standings, but we actually ran pretty well coming off a Saturday meet and are still trying to work toward a state appearance through practices,” GCHS head coach Krista Linenberger said. “We finally ran with a full boys team, but not all are back 100% and that was apparent. We have a good eight days to fine tune and heal injuries further.”

On the girls side, Jocelyn Sosa was the top competitor for the Buffaloes, finishing in seventh place. She ran the course in 16:07.34. The girls squad finished fifth as a team. Dodge City won the event.

Other runners for Garden City are Samantha Orozco, who placed 28th with a stretch at the finish past teammate Selah Hageman, who placed 29th. Orozco ran the course in 18:03.87 while Hageman ran it in 18:09.13.

Abigail Aguilar finished in 35th place for GCHS with a time of 18:46.43; Lana Rodriguez ran a 19:01.45 for 36th place; and Joscelyn Monarrez was right behind Rodriguez for 37th place with a 19:03.12.

“We lost our No. 2 girl (Andrea Hernandez) about the halfway mark due to an injury, that we didn’t want to aggravate further,” Linenberger said.

Dodge City’s Serenity Larson won the girls race with a time of 15:35.83.

“We are optimistic that we can surprise some teams next week (at regionals),” Linenberger said. “We no doubt have the ability in each spot, it’s more a matter of each runner feeling like they are 100% race ready. That will be our focus this week.”

The Buffaloes will travel to Wichita on Oct. 24 to compete in a Class 6A regional meet at the Cessna Activity Center.