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Panther boys track wins second place at Buhler Invitational
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BUHLER— Last Friday’s track and field postponement at Buhler was never an issue for the Panther boys track and field team. In fact, it was just what the doctor ordered. Great Bend ended the day with a number of individual best performances for the season as the Panthers finished Tuesday’s makeup with a total of 75 team points and a second place finish. Garden City was the top finisher with 89 points. The Panther out performed their counterparts from Hutchinson by a four point margin as the Salthawks finished third in the 12 team meet.

“This was a very competitive meet,” said coach Todd Kaiser. “We had a number of our athletes who had some of their best performances on the season.  A second place finish by our boys, with the number of teams competing in this meet, was impressive.”

In field events, Jayce Brack posted a pair of gold medals in the shot put and discus with throws of 54.3 ft. and 163.3 ft. respectively. Zane Pierce was runner up in the shot put with a season best throw of 50.1 ft. while Devin Boone placed third in the discus throw at 129.6 ft. Kade Southard and Justin Denny both threw their season best in the javelin.

In long distance, Kerby Depenbusch recorded season best times in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs. Depenbusch medaled in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:34.97 and placed fourth in the 3200 meter at 9:54.07. Jeffrey Muiruri won bronze in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles timing in at 42.28 while Isaiah Davis placed third in the 800 meter run at 2:05.09.

Great Bend medaled in two of three relay events at Tuesday’s meet. In the 4X100 relay, Andrew Morss, Ty Yager, Cal Marshall and Trey Hurd placed third with a finishing time of 44.77. Muiruri teamed up with Davis, Yager and Mason YellowWolf to take the bronze in the 4X400 relay with a time of 3:34.86.

Other boys performances:

4 x 800m Relay  

4th place in a time of 8:32.50
(Vazquez, YellowWolf, Elliott, Davis)

300m Intermediate Hurdles

Ty Yager; 6th place in a time of 43.48

100 Meter

Ty Yager; 5th place in a time of 11.63

“Kerby had two great finishes in his long distance runs,” said Kaiser. “He’s doing a great job and has been steady for us all season.”

In the girls division, the Panthers placed tenth while Maize South finished as the top team with 94 points.

Camryn Dunekack medaled in the 400 meter run with a second place time of 1:00.28, good for a season best. In the field, Dunekack placed third in the high jump at 4.10 ft.

Kaylan Lagerman ran a season best in the 800 meter at 2:27.54 earning a sixth place finish.  In the discus, Kate Warren threw a season best with a fourth place throw of 114.2 ft.

Other girls performances:

4 x 800m Relay

4th place in a time of 10:30.61
(Stein, Razo, Williams, Lagerman)

4 x 400m Relay

6th place in a time of 4:21.08
(Lagerman, Fry, Moyers, Dunekack)


Mary Williams; 5th place in a time of 12:55.76

“We had a lot of positives from this meet that we can build upon,” said Kaiser. “We have some options we are going to look at that will put our athletes in the best situation to help our teams be successful.”

Great Bend will gear up for the Hutch Invitational on Friday, May 1.