McPherson High’s girls track and field team is hoping to get the jump on the competition Friday in the Class 4A regional meet at far-away Holcomb.
The Bullpups have been dominant in the long and triple jumps, as well as the high jump. The trio of Amy Suenram, Elle Barrett and Kenzie Goering are hoping to qualify in the long and triple jumps, while Megan Pedersen and Mandi Cooks have been high jump standouts.
But other than those events, it could be rather scare for the Bullpups in terms of state qualifiers. They are in arguably the toughest meet in 4A.
Other schools include Andale, Buhler, Clearwater, Colby, Concordia, Haven, Hays, Hugoton, Kingman, Smoky Valley, Nickerson, Pratt and Ulysses. There will be many marks at this meet that would easily qualify at the other 4A regionals, but not make the top four here, which is the cutoff mark to advance.
The field events start the day at 1 p.m., followed by the track preliminaries at 2:30. Finals in the field events are set for 4 p.m.
“We are in a tough one once again,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said of the field. “We have a good shot at qualifying our girls jumpers, (Morgan) Howard in the 100 hurdles, (Kamyrn) Collins in the 200 and Goering in the 200. Brooke Miller will have to PR by 2 seconds in the 400, but she could qualify. Our 4 x 100 girls will have to PR to get into the state meet, which is tough considering we have a Top 8 time in the state right now.”
As for the boys, just getting somebody through will require a big day. Andale is the defending state champion and again loaded this year, while Buhler, Hays, Pratt and Smoky Valley are also talented.
“Our guys will have to do very well to qualify anyone in state,” Pavlovich said. “Our sprint hurdlers (Klayton Goering and Spenser Wine) are seeded fourth and fifth in the meet. (Noah) Jirgens is seeded fifth and again, five of the Top 6 (state marks) are in our regional. Our 4 x 100 is seeded seventh, but they always seem to do very well when the pressure is on.”
The state meet is next weekend at Wichita State.