By Brett Marshall
Senior Alyssa McMillen claimed her second consecutive medalist honor on Thursday by shooting a 4-over-par 75 at Mariah Hills Golf Course to win the Dodge City Invitational.
McMillen had steady nine-hole scores of 37-38 to win the individual honor by three shots as she paced the Lady Buffs to a runner-up team finish with 372 strokes, well back of winner Wichita-Kapaun Mt. Carmel’s 347. The team total was well ahead of third-place Hays’ 393, as the Buffs garnered their second straight WAC tourney title. Dodge City and Great Bend were a distant sixth and seventh.
Grace Yi was the next low for the Buffs with a 97, Ryan Warren close behind at 98, Rian Linenberger at 102 for the final counting score. Also for the Buffs, Emma Kells had a 106, and Allie Sandoval a 131.
Garden City’s boys soccer team had to face the Hays Indians for the second straight time in a span of five days, and this once again the Buffs had to rally to claim a victory.
On Thursday, at Buffalo Stadium, the Buffs broke a scoreless first half with a goal by Rodrigo Oropeaza in the 42nd minute only to have Hays tie it with a goal in the 51st minute. That left it to freshman David Hernandez to score the game-winner in the 69th minute for the 2-1 victory.
The victory improved the Buffs’ early season record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. They travel to Hays on Tuesday (Sept. 16) to face TMP-Marian at 5 p.m.
The Buffs’ cross country teams traveled to central Kansas on Thursday to compete in the Hesston Swather Invitational. Races were contested in each of the four class categories, with freshman Jocelyn Sosa capturing the freshman girls title with a time of 21:42.4 over the 5-kilometer course. Freshman teammate Kiera Hageman also had a top 10 finish, placing seventh in 23:30.2.
Junior Brody Hoff also came away with a winning effort, capturing the junior boys race in a time of 18:05.7, 12 seconds faster than his closest pursuer.
Freshman Devin Chappel garnered a runner-up finish in the freshman boys division, clocking a time of 18:49.1 while another first-year runner, Evan Gurrola, took fifth in a time of 19:26.1.
Sophomore Kenji Craig placed eighth in the boys race with a time of 19:43.2. In the girls junior division, Jyothilakshmi Kalarikkal took seventh with a time of 24:46.9.
In the Senior Class race, Ana Casados and Kaety Kohlhorst had top 10 finishes with times of 23:01.2 and 23:03.5 for eighth and ninth places. On the boys side, Santiago Nunez-Gonzalez took ninth with a time of 17:50.9.
Next up for the Buffs will be the Hays Invitational on Sept. 19.