Lady tracksters tops in Hutch; Golf hits season best




Track & field

Garden City High School's girls track and field team scored 126.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Dodge City's 80 on Friday to claim the top spot at the Hutchinson Invitational at Gowans Stadium.

The Buffaloes boys, meanwhile, scored 55 points to finish fourth, while Western Athletic Conference foes Liberal and Hays took the top spots with 110 and 91 points, respectively. Wichita Southeast's boys were third with 76 points.

"It was a good meet, the girls continue to do exceedingly well, and we had a few bright spots for the boys," head coach Mike Smith said.

Individually, Kayla Doll was a double winner, capturing the 800 (2:23.26) and the 1,600 meters (5:11.47). Aileen Gurrola took the gold medal in the 400 meters (1:00.69). Alex Miller won the 3,200 meters (11:36.16) and was second in the 1,600 (5:14.10). Chelsea Jackson had a pair of fourths in the 1,600 (5:26.64) and 3,200 (11:50.69). The 4x400-meter relay team of Taryn Tempel, Taylor Linenberger, Kayla Doll and Gurrola was first with a time of 4:10.42, and the 4x800-meter relay unit of Gurrola, Ashley Smith, Katy Doll and Neysa Harman won with a mark of 10:11.38.

Tempel had a third in the long jump (17-0), a second in the triple jump (36-0.50) and was fourth in the 200-meter dash (27.25). Kaylee Kipp was second in the shot put (37-10) and fourth in the discus (111-07).

On the boys side, Dusty Tempel and Malcolm Howard went 1-2 in the long jump with leaps of 22-00 and 21-09. Marcus Tula and Erik Chaparro, both freshmen, placed third and fifth in the 3,200-meters with times of 10:12.30 and 10:13.81. The 4x100-meter relay team was fourth in 43.40 seconds and the 4x800-meter team also was fourth in 8:35.28. Nick Jauche cleared 13-00 to place third in the pole vault and Dakota Brungardt was fifth at 12-06.

The Buffs are right back in action on Tuesday when they host the Garden City Invitational, which will begin at 1 p.m. at the GCHS Buffalo Stadium track.

Boys golf

The Garden City High School boys golf team continued their steady improvement on Friday, shooting a season-best 304 to finish sixth among more than 30 teams at the prestigious Hutchinson Invitational, one of the biggest tournaments in Kansas.

The event, played at Carey Park Golf Course, saw Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel claim team honors with a 290 total from its four golfers. Manhattan (298), Blue Valley-West (298), Shawnee Mission East (300) and Bishop Carroll (301) rounded out the top five teams. Individually, James Henderson of Blue Valley-West claimed medalist honors with a 3-under-par 68.

The Buffs' low round came from freshman Taylor Larsen with a 73, which placed him ninth individually. Tucker Schiffelbein was right behind with a 74, Austin Swender followed with a 77 and Logan Durst, another freshman, had an 80. Lucas Goss had a non-counting 84 as the teams were only permitted five players in the tournament.

"I was really proud of the way the kids battled, and played tough today," said GCHS coach Walker Frey. "We limited our mistakes today. The greens were good and they played the ball down, so I thought our scores were really good."

Frey said Schiffelbein was right in the medalist hunt with two holes left, standing at 1-under-par, but finished with a bogey and triple bogey to fall back to a 74.

Still, it was a leap up in the standings as the Buffs beat Dodge City, Hays, Liberal and Great Bend from the Western Athletic Conference and they topped all of their upcoming opponents in the Class 6A regional.

The Buffs are at the Great Bend Invitational on Monday and then travel on to Hesston for a 36-hole event that will be played at both Hesston Golf Park and Sand Creek Station in nearby Newton.

Girls soccer

With the busiest week of the spring schedule upcoming, the Garden City High School Lady Buffs soccer team captured a key 4-0 victory on the road Friday at Liberal in Western Athletic Conference action.

The victory improved the Lady Buffs season record to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the WAC. That sets the stage for a return match on Monday at 4 p.m. in Hays against the Lady Indians, who defeated the Lady Buffs 3-1 on April 21 in Garden City.

"We were able to do some things in the second half today that we hope to use in our game on Monday," said GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. "We got a lot of kids into the game in the second half who don't get much playing time. We needed to come out and score quickly today and I thought the girls did a good job of that. We didn't let them stay with us."

The Lady Buffs had jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead, one of the few times they've had a lot of success in the opening 40 minutes this season.

Megan Martinez opened the GCHS scoring with an unassisted goal in the 21st minuteand that was followed by a goal by Amber Miller, who took a pass from Megan Martinez in the 31st minute. In the 39th minute, Miller scored again, this time on a pass from Evelyn Rodriguez.

The only score in the second half came in the 49th minute when the Lady Buffs scored on an own goal. Evelyn Rodriguez crossed the ball into the box and it caromed off a defender's leg and went into the goal.

The Lady Buffs got 14 shots to five for Liberal. Ashlee Richman made three saves in goal for the Lady Buffs as did Liberal's Magali Vasquez.

Following Monday's game at Hays, the Lady Buffs head to Wichita to compete in the Wichita North Cup, with games scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of next week.

Boys tennis

Garden City's boys tennis team swept three of the four divisions on Friday to walk off with first-place team honors at the Colby Invitational.

The Buffs finished with 34 points to claim the top spot as Sebastian Kyaw (No. 1), Dozie Ekweariri (No. 2) and the doubles team of Jose Depaz and Joe Basillo (No. 2) all claimed titles.

Kyaw went 3-0 in defeating Alberto Araiza of Scott City (8-1), Buddy Buchanan of Liberal (8-3) and Michael Schiferl of Colby (8-3). Ekweariri's three wins came against Chris Pounds of Scott City (8-0), Jason Borthwick of Ulysses (8-1) and Chase Harwell of Colby (8-3).

In doubles competition, Depaz and Basillo went unbeaten with wins over Ernie Laija and Alec Onstad of Colby (8-0), Cole Allen and Cole Burney of Scott City (8-1) and Sergio Borjas and Ho Ho of Liberal (8-3). The No. 1 doubles team of Dylan Victor and Esteban Neave placed third, going 2-1. Their wins came over Cole Gillman-Goss and Alex Haxton of WaKeeney (6-3) and Billy Selley and Tyler Oren of Colby (6-1) while their one loss came against Dylan Hutchins and Bo Hess of Scott City (8-5).

The Buffs will host the Western Athletic Conference tournament on Monday with matches beginning at 10 a.m. at the GCHS Tennis Complex.

All results in Scoreboad, Page D2.

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