MHS' Suenram signs with Pitt State

By Steve Sell
April 28, 2016
Shane Backhus

No matter which McPherson High track and field coach you talk with, their response is generally the same when it comes to senior standout Amy Suenram.

They concur the sky is the limit.

Suenram became an instant star as a sophomore when she won the Class 4A state long jump championship and followed that up by taking second last year. She currently is No. 2 in 4A this year.

Pittsburg State University certainly took notice as she’ll be competing for the Gorillas after signing a letter of intent on Wednesday.

Suenram has a best of 18-0 this season and has added the triple jump to her schedule, as she has gone 36-7 1/2, which ties the second-best mark in Bullpup school history behind teammate Elle Barrett.

However, as quality as the PSU program is, Suenram has a more important reason for choosing Pittsburg.

“I want to major in nursing, so that’s my first priority,” Suenram said. “Their facility there is amazing and their team is known for winning. I love the campus. It’s very green and there’s a lot of trees. I love it. It’s very homey.”

Suenram also received a positive report from former Bullpup Bri Cooks, who is on the team this year as a redshirt freshman.

“She just loves the program,” Suenram said. “So that was really reassuring.”

Suenram said the Gorillas recruited her more for the long jump, but her ascent in the triple jump has been an added bonus. She only figures to get better the more comfortable she gets in the event.

MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said few athletes he’s coached have made the improvement that Suenram has in the last three years.

“If you would have told me that she’s going to be the caliber of jumper that she is right now as a freshman, it would have been hard to believe,” he said. “She has worked incredibly hard. She’s done just a great job of doing everything we ask her to do. She’s got a lot of spring in her step. She could be a state qualifier and placer, if not at the top, in multiple events. She has a great body for a 400, and she has the endurance and the toughness. She has it all.”

As much as Pavlovich would like to enter her in more events, he realizes where her focus needs to be.

“We’ve backed off of her on the track,” he said. “She’s concentrating on the jumps. I think she’s going to be great at Pitt State.”

McPherson High assistant coach Dustan Kanitz, who coaches the jumpers, agrees. He said Suenram is only getting stronger as the SPS program has been an asset and her better days may be ahead.

Suenram is well-rounded as she is a member of FCA, National Honor Society, Choir and Kays.