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Depenbusch leads Panther runners at Wichita
Depenbusch leads Panther runners at WNHS Invite. - photo by Travis Hendryx


WICHITA— Sophomore runner Kerby Depenbusch reeled in a second place finish in a time of 16:40 at Saturday’s Wichita North Invitational 5K.

It marks the second medal finish in a row for Depenbusch following his third place finish at the GBHS Invite on September 3. He beat his season opening mark by 40 seconds.

Eric Vasquez finished in the top 20 at 17th place with a time of 17:37 which was just four seconds behind his season opening meet.

As a team the Great Bend boys placed eighth out of 12 teams in competition and scored 218 points. Bishop-Carroll rolled to a top finish with a team score of 54 points.

“A lot of our boys ran their season best times today which is nice to see,” said coach Todd Kaiser. “We just need to work on getting packed up better. We are getting too spread out.”

At Saturday’s meet the girls experienced their first 5K race of the season. KSHSAA has changed the girls distance to a 5K for all post season competition.

“All the remaining meets on our schedule, with the exception of the WAC meet, the girls will be running a 5K,” Kaiser said. “So this was a good experience for them.”

Karen Razo posted a top 20 finish of 21:39 good for 17th place. Paloma Sandoval medaled in the JV race with her 11th place time 24:55. That performance earned her a varsity spot at this Saturday’s meet at Wichita Southeast. Emily Perez just missed medaling in the JV race placing 21st in a time of 26:32.

“Paloma and Emily ran good races in their first 5K,” said Kaiser.

“For our runners to be successful they are going to have get moved up more toward the front half of the pack. It’s early in the season so we have time to get this corrected,” he said.