The Moundridge girls are expected to make the biggest impact of any of the McPherson area track and field teams at this weekend’s state meet at Wichita State.
The Wildcats, who were third in Class 2A last year, would appear to have the firepower to approach or surpass last year’s standing. They’re certainly armed with enough talent to score more than the 36 points they attained last year.
Moundridge should score its points in bunches. Peri Lange is ranked No. 1 in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Jamya O’Quinn is second in the 100 meters and third in the 200. Lange and O’Quinn, along with Ashley Holler and Ellika Ptacek, make up the No. 3-ranked 4 x 100 relay team and No. 6-ranked 4 x 400 team.
“I think Peri and Jamya have a great chance of winning all their individual events,” MHS coach Brian Holloway said.
Lange was third in 2A last year in the 300 hurdles, and part of a Wildcat 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 team that took second, so she certainly won’t be overwhelmed by the enormity of the moment.
Holler and Rylie Dick hope to score some points in the high jump and Holler also is competing in the javelin. Ptacek is another multiple event performer as she’s in the triple jump as well.
The Wildcat boys won’t score a lot of points, but Joel Holloway returns after having a solid meet at WSU as a junior. He was third last year in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.