The term “unlimited potential” often is used in describing Ivanna Moyer’s track and field prowess.
Moyer, who is expected to be a major performer for McPherson High this season for coach Jace Pavlovich, will be staying in town after graduation as Monday she signed a letter of intent with McPherson College’s up-and-coming program that is definitely opening some eyes around the rest of the KCAC under coach Cameron Magnall.
The ceremony took place in the school library with her family and classmates there for moral support.
Moyer is expected to be one of the best throwers in Class 4A. She has a best of 36-8 in the shot and 111-1 in the discus. She also won the state powerlifting championship her junior year at Abilene and when everything is taken into consideration, she could be a performer destined for big things as she is expected to make marked improvement.
“It’s exciting because you have been around them for their high school career and you get to see them develop,” Magnall said. “Then you’re excited because you get to see another four years of development. I think with Ivanna, she’s just scratched the surface of her potential and I’m really excited to see what she can do. She’s got all the power in the world and I think we’ve got a good coaching staff in place and some good throwers for her to compete against.”
Magnall said in addition to her main events of the shot and discus, he believes she’s perfect to throw the hammer, an event not offered in high school. He believes with some proper coaching, she could be a standout in that event. “We’re going to start her with some footwork on hammer throwing to see if it’s something that will fit for her,” Magnall said.
Moyer is excited about competing for Magnall and the Bulldogs.
“I’ve always just liked it here,” she said. “I’ve always said I want to go to Mac College. They have a really good teaching program and that’s what I’m going to do. Their track program is really good and I like the coaches there.”
Moyer said working on her footwork is on her to-do list. She’s looking to make state for a second straight year in the discus and often good technique can trump power.
Moyer has been a member of the International Club and a class officer. She also played basketball before becoming a basketball manager.