MHS thinclads headed to loaded regional Thursday

By Steve Sell
May 16, 2018
Kendall Shaw

The hardest part about state track and field is getting there.

For the McPherson High Bullpups, it’s going to be a difficult task advancing a wave of performers, but they certainly have the talent to do it.

“Looks like it’s going to be a stacked regional,” said MHS coach Jace Pavlovich, whose team competes on Thursday at Andale, a meet that also includes Class 4A titans Buhler and Andover Central.

The action begins at 2 p.m.

Pavlovich would not be surprised if this regional produces a state team champion, not to mention a lot of gold-medal performers at next week's state meet at Wichita.

Here’s a look at some of the Bullpups who have a shot at advancing as the Top 4 finishers in each event move on. Also, Smoky Valley is going to be a factor and its top performers are listed as well.


100 — MHS' Emma Ruddle ranks third going in at 12.51. Kasidee Eck of Andale leads the way at a blazing 12.0. Smoky Valley’s Amanda Behanna is fourth at 12.6.

400 — MHS’ Emma Malm is No. 3 at 1:02.9. Wellington’s Taylor McGlothlin has a 58.91 for the top time.

800 — Smoky Valley’s Ellise Peterson is No. 5 at 2:29.93.

1600 — Peterson is the one to beat here. She has the best time of 5:26.95.

100 hurdles — Ruddle is No. 1 at 14.49 and the Bullpups' Avery Howard is No. 3 (15.43).

300 hurdles — Smoky’s Kerington Haxton has a 47.6 to her credit for third, but Andale’s Amy Smarsh is at 45.07.

4 x 100 relay — MHS and Smoky Valley are 2-3, but Andale is going to be tough to catch. MHS runners are Elle Barrett, Kenzie Goering, Jordan Bailey and Ruddle. Smoky has Haxton, Belle Peters, Addie Heitschmidt and Behanna.

4 x 400 relay — Smoky should be tough here with Peters, Peterson, Heitschmidt and Haxton as that group is second.

Pole vault — Smoky’s Peters is one of the state’s best and has a 12-10 to rank among the best in Kansas.

Long jump — MHS’ Barrett has a state title to her credit and is a foot better than anybody in the field.

Triple jump — Barrett (38-11 3/4) is seeking her third state title. MHS also has Goering and Autumn Allen as this has been a powerhouse event for the Bullpups.

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100 — Smoky’s Timmy Lambert is the best in the regional at a blazing 10.6. MHS’ Brandon Yowell ran 10.88 last week.

200 — Lambert again. He has a meet-best 22.58 to his credit while Yowell goes in fifth at 23.01.

110 hurdles — The Bullpups’ Tyson Stites is one of the best in the class with a regional-best 14.67.

300 hurdles — Lambert is a star. He’s No. 1 going in at 38.38, a stunning time.

4 x 100 relay — Yowell, Talyn Huff, Kollin Goering and Jace Kinnamon have been among the best in 4A, but Kinnamon is doubtful due to a pulled hamstring.

Long jump — Aaron Powell of the Bullpups is No. 3 going in at 21-4.

Triple jump — MHS’ Devin Cape ranks No. 2 going in at 43-5 1/2, but is 2 feet behind Buhler’s potential state champion Brandon Webb.

Javelin — McPherson's Cody Stufflebean is a potential noise-maker, as he’s third at 181-4, though nobody figures to catch Buhler’s Braden Rose (191-4).