McPherson High’s track and field teams will be using this weekend’s State Championships at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium as the foundation for future success.
The Bullpups aren’t expected to turn a lot of heads this weekend, but with so much youth, it means better days are ahead.
Collin Harvey and Ivanna Moyer are the only seniors competing for the Bullpups, so this will be good experience for the rest of the team.
The Bullpup girls were second in last week’s regional. Best bets for big points will be from Bri Cooks in the shot, Morgan Howard in the 100 hurdles, Megan Pedersen in the high jump and Amy Suenram in the long jump.
“Bri is seeded fourth in a very competitive Class 4A shot put,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “If we were 5A. she would be at the top. Ivanna is right on the cusp of getting on the podium as well in shot put. Amy has consistently jumped in the 17's (feet). That should put her in the Top 4. Morgan consistently improves on an already impressive mark in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.02. She is ranked fourth behind a girl that she has beaten in previous meets. Megan has been peaking at the right time, too. She has been getting some great attempts at 5-4. She is clipping the bar with her calf or heel, which means that she is clearing the bar. A slight technique change could easily get her to 5-4. This could put her in the Top 5.”
Rachel Dossett will join Pedersen in the high jump and hopes to get near the 5-0 mark.
The boys are entered in just four events. Chris Stoppel is ranked fifth in the 200 and 10th in the 100, while Harvey is 16th in 100, though it’s a bit misleading as he’s been battling injuries. The 4 x 400 relay team has a lot of work to do as it’s ranked 16th. Pavlovich will choose among Harvey, Stoppel, Dylan Shook, Taylor Kynaston and Spenser Wine.
“If Collin is healthy and runs well, he can get into the finals in the 100 and on the podium,” Pavlovich said. “Chris is finally healthy and running well in the 100 and 200. He has the ability to be a top finisher in a pretty talented sprint class in 4A. Our boys 4 x 100 has to run well to qualify. They have only run one clean race in terms of handoffs thus far this year. We were in the same boat last year and ended up finishing second in state so who knows.”