MHS thinclads should bring home several medals

By Steve Sell
May 25, 2016

Amy Suenram’s spot on the McPherson High Wall of Fame was secured long ago.

But this weekend at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium, she has a chance to update what will go on her plaque when she’s inducted in December.

Suenram, who will compete for Pittsburg State next year, earned her spot on the prestigious wall when she won the Class 4A state long jump championship as a sophomore in 2014. She was second last year, but this year she’s going for the gold in two events.

Suenram is the No. 1-ranked long jumper in 4A with a mark of 18-7 1/2. But she’s also No. 1 in the triple jump at 37-11 1/2, an event she didn’t compete in until this year.

The jumps are the highlight of MHS’ weekend as the focus is on three springy events.

Suenram will receive a push in the long jump from teammate Elle Barrett (tied for third at 18-3 1/2) while Bullpup Kenzie Goering is No. 4 (17-6). In the triple jump, Barrett (37-8 1/4) is right behind her teammate at No. 2.

What could help the MHS long and triple jumpers is that Andover Central’s Jewell Bolden is entered in four events, which could spread her thin. 

While Bolden had some of her biggest jumps early, Suenram, Barrett and Goering having progressed throughout the season, moving their marks incrementally.

“I think that’s a credit to (assistant) coach (Dustan) Kanitz,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “Our girls, and guys for that matter, have peaked at the right time.”

MHS also should do well in the high jump. Mandi Cooks is No. 2 going in at 5-5, with Megan Pedersen making her fourth straight state appearance. While she’s tied for sixth at 5-0, her experience figures to be invaluable. 

Morgan Howard could make a splash in the 100 hurdles. She’s ranked No. 3, but catching Kansas City’s Demitra Carter and Andover Central’s Bolden is a tall order as their times have been tremendous. Howard has had to overcome injuries each of the last two years to regain her top form and she’s a gliding runner.

Goering is the other Bullpup thinclad on the track, competing in the 200.

For the MHS boys, there are only two competitors, Andric McGill in the high jump and Spenser Wine in the 100 hurdles. McGill is tied for fifth going in and Wine is No. 8, which is the cutoff mark for finalists.

While the Bullpups don’t have a lot of quantity at the meet, they certainly have a great chance to score in every event they’re entered.

“What we have is quality,” said Pavlovich, who noted had the Bullpups been at any other regional their entry number would have swelled as the Holcomb meet produced many of the top marks.

MHS gets much of its activity out of the way early. The girls high jump is set for 8 a.m. Friday and the long jump is later in the morning at 11:30, which is the same time for McGill in the boys high jump. The triple jump final isn’t until 11:30 Saturday.