WICHITA — After her first two attempts Friday morning in the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Cessna Stadium, McPherson High’s Amy Suenram was probably hoping to somehow squeeze into the long jump finals on her third and final preliminary try.
Suenram, a sophomore, had jumped an underwhelming 14-8 3/4 and fouled on her first two attempts, with 16-3 the leader.
But out of nowhere, Suenram launched herself 16-6. She didn’t come close to that on her final three jumps, but it was enough for her to win the gold medal in what had to be one of the state’s top first-day and most-pleasant surprises.
Suenram was regarded as somewhat of a fringe finalist going into the meet, as she didn’t come in as a regional champion. However, MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said earlier in the week that he thought Suenram was jumping her best of the year and she proved him prophetic.
Her mark was two inches better than Coffeyville’s Andre’a Newton.
Suenram’s state championship assures her of going on to the MHS Wall of Fame once her career is completed, though she hopes to add to it as she’s only a sophomore.
It was a good day for the Bullpups despite their modest number of entries. Megan Pedersen was the only other MHS performer in the finals as she took seventh in the high jump at 5-0. Rachel Dossett did not make the finals, going out at 4-8.
On the track, MHS’ Chris Stoppel qualified second in the 200 at 22.54, while Megan Howard was third in the 100 hurdles in 16.24. The boys’ 4 x 100 relay team grabbed the eighth and final spot, with the team including Stoppel, Dylan Shook, Collin Harvey and Taylor Kynaston.
Stoppel and Harvey will run in the 100 prelims in the morning, while Bri Cooks and Ivanna Moyer will compete in the shot put.