Pavlovich pleased with MHS thinclads at Abilene

By Steve Sell
April 23, 2017

ABILENE — McPherson High track and field coach Jace Pavlovich admitted Friday’s raw weather conditions at the Abilene Invitational weren’t conducive to producing outstanding marks.

But his MHS teams did produce a championship on the girls’ side and a runner-up finish on the boys’ side as the teams overcame the wet, cold conditions.

“Athough there weren't many personal records tonight due to some tough conditions, our kids performed well,” Pavlovich said. “Our goal in inclement weather shifts from PR'ing to performing against the competition that is in the same conditions. 

There were many bright spots, Pavlovich said.

“Morgan Howard continues to get better and better every meet,” he said. “She is approaching the 15.0 mark in the hurdles. Emma Ruddle continued to show she is one of the elite runners in 4A winning the 200 (and the 100 and 100 hurdles). Our boys shot put (Britton Bate and Jared Ruth) finished in the Top 6. which helped our team. Paxton Leaf ran a sub 5-minute mile for the first time in his career. Katie Bahr is running well earning a third place finish in the 3200 meters. Those were just a few of the great stories from Friday night.”

The Bullpups host their annual Invitational on Thursday.

• MHS Results •

• Top 6 •

• Girls •

100 — 1. Ruddle, 12.59. 2. Bailey, 12.83. 4. Stoppel, 13.17.

200 — 1. Ruddle, 27.03. 2. Stoppel, 27.79. 6. Collins, 28.86.

400 — 5. Collins, 1:06.44.

3200 — 3. Bahr, 13:27.57.

100 hurdles — 1. Ruddle, 15.18. 2. M. Howard, 15.36.

4 x 100 relay — 1. MHS (Barrett, M. Howard, Anderson and Stoppel), 51.65.

Long jump — 1. Barrett, 16-11 1/4. 2. Goering, 16-5.

Triple jump — 1. Barrett, 35-6. 2. Goering, 34-0.

Javelin — 6. Ediger, 99-3.

• BOYS •

200 — 5. Yowell, 23.72. 6. Huff, 23.93.

400 — 4. Cape, 55.02. 

1600 — 6. Leaf, 4:40.

110 hurdles — 3. Stites, 16.13.

300 hurdles — 4. Trost, 44.34.

4 x 100 relay — 1. MHS (Huff, Kinnamon, Yowell and McGill), NTA

4  x 400 relay — 4. MHS (Trost, Kirchner, Armstrong and Hansen), NTA

4 x 800 relay — 6. MHS (Moreno, Moyer, Armstrong and Hansen), NTA

High jump — 1. McGill, 5-10.

Long jump — 2. McGill, 20-5.

Triple jump — 2. Cape, 41-1. 6. Huff, 38-1.

Shot — 2. Bate, 45-6 3/4. 4. Ruth, 45-4 1/2. 

Discus — Van Goethem, Place not available, 117-4.


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