On Friday afternoon, the Dodge City High School track squad hit the road for a midseason competition in Buhler, as they faced a steady 13-team field filled with top talent. With both sides looking for a breakthrough, both the Red and Lady Demon athletes had high expectations and lofty goals after impressive showings at the Pre-State tournament in Wichita.


On Friday afternoon, the Dodge City High School track squad hit the road for a midseason competition in Buhler, as they faced a steady 13-team field filled with top talent. With both sides looking for a breakthrough, both the Red and Lady Demon athletes had high expectations and lofty goals after impressive showings at the Pre-State tournament in Wichita.
     The Lady Demons couldn’t get out of the blocks the way they wanted to early, crossing the finish line in 10th place overall with 39 points. Salina Central took home the team title with 89 points, while fellow Western Athletic Conference member, Hays, finished runner-up with 80.
     In the basic running events, the Demons didn’t earn a point until the 3200-meter run, as Melitza Ramirez placed seventh. They finally made some noise in the hurdle events, as Summer Wilson continued her strong performances from the meet at Wichita State. She took home the gold in the 100-meter hurdles and finished fourth in the 300-meter version.
     The relay teams continue to be a work in progress for the girls, as they experiment with a lineup that they hope will come together come conference meet time. The 4-by-100 squad finished seventh, with the 4-by-100 field event relay coming in second place. Finally, the 4-by-400 team placed sixth.
     Dodge City had a better showing in the field events, as Sabrina Hurtado finished seventh in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump, Chandra Sain had a fourth place finish in the pole vault, Rachel Durler took home seventh in the shot put and fifth in the javelin.
     As for the Red Demon boys, they continue to look for a push toward a WAC championship and remain on the prowl for State provisional times to send some of their elite athletes to the big show in a few weeks. It was an overall successful day for Dodge, as they placed third in the 13-team field, racking up 76.5 points. However, Hays ran away with the tournament title, compiling a staggering 221 points, more than double the runner-up.
     The mid to long range running events remain the Demons’ bread and butter when it comes to track meets, as Dodge possesses some of the best conditioned runners in those categories. It showed once again on Friday, as Vincente Estrella won the 400-meter dash, with Christian Verduzco placing seventh in the same event.
     Oscar Carmona ran an excellent race in the 800-meter, finishing with the silver, as Estrella placed fifth. The Carmona brothers teamed up for a solid finish in the 1600-meter, as Oscar added another second place finish to his day and Luis Carmona took home sixth. And in the 3200-meter, Luis paced the rest of the Demon field, placing second with Jonathan Rendon coming in 11th overall.
     In the hurdle events, Aaron Stapleton had a fifth place finish in the 300-meter to lead all Demon runners. Finally, the relay squads once again came through with solid performances, as the 4-by-100 field event squad lost a photo finish to place second, the 4-by-400 team finished third, and the 4-by-800 took home fifth.
     Once again, the Demons made a splash in the field events, as Stapleton tied for seventh in the high jump, Bryce Sonday placed second in the shot put and took home gold in the discus, and Marcos Gutierres finished ninth in the shot put.
     Now the Demon tracksters have a couple of days off until their next action, as the varsity heads to Hutchinson on Friday.