STATE TRACK GARDEN CITY: Garden City teams take 4th in Class 6A
By BRETT MARSHALL
WICHITA — It may well go down as one of the brightest days in Garden City High School track and field history when it is written of the 2013 Kansas Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium.
Both the Buffs' boys and Lady Buffs took fourth place in the Class 6A team standings, with the boys finishing with 48 points while the girls scored 42.
First, senior Jonathan DuVall repeated his double-gold medal performance by winning both the 110s and 300s to cap off a spectacular prep career, and then it was the Lady Buffs' 4x800-meter relay team of Alex Miller, Neysa Harman, Katy Doll and Kayla Doll who garnered a first-place performance with a school record 9:35.41 clocking.
Dusty Tempel followed that up with a gold-medal performance in the boys long jump while his twin sister captured a silver medal in the triple jump. Aaron Vasquez had a runner-up finish in the pole vault.
The boys' 4x100-meter relay team of DuVall, Greyson and Dusty Tempel, and Aaron Vasquez took fifth.
DuVall, who was unbeaten in the 110s this season, saved his best for last.
The speedster clocked a blazing 13.89 seconds to set a Class 6A meet record, breaking the old mark of 13.90 by Willie Vaughn of Kansas City-Wyandotte in 1985 and Doug Hedrick of Shawnee Mission East in 1983. It also lowered his school record of 14.03 that he set the day before in the prelims. He followed it up later in the day with a 38.43 victory in the 300s, just off his season and career best of 38.14 set a week earlier in the regional meet.
Dusty Tempel's winning jump of 22-3 1/2 came early in the prelims and it held up throughout. DuVall placed fourth at 21-7 1/2.
Vasquez cleared 14-0, but missed all three tries at 14-6 after he had cleared 15-0 at the regional a week prior.
The girls' 4x800-meter relay team of juniors Alex Miller, Neysa Harman and Kayla Doll, and sophomore Katy Doll, broke the GCHS school record en route to a clocking of 9:35.41, also eclipsing their season best mark by nearly 11 seconds.
Taryn Tempel had her career best effort in the triple jump with a leap of 36-7, just missing out on first by one-half inch. Kayla Doll finished third in the 800-meters with a time of 2:22.72 while her younger sister, Katy, was sixth in the 1,600-meters with a time of 5:21.30.
The fourth-place finish by the boys is believed to be their third highest in school history, with the team winning the 1945 Class A title when there were three classes, and finishing runner-up another time. It is also unknown if the fourth place by the Lady Buffs is their highest finish, but certainly it is over the past decade.
Topeka High won the boys with 70 points while Olathe South (61) and Olathe East (60) finished ahead of the Buffs. On the girls side, Lawrence Free State (94), Olathe East (81.50) and Lawrence High (44) finished ahead of the Lady Buffs.
For more details and complete results, read Tuesday's Telegram or go to www.gctelegram.com on Tuesday after 6 a.m.