WICHITA — What was supposed to be a somewhat pedestrian weekend for the McPherson High track and field team turned into an exciting springboard for next year.
Even though the Bullpups had limited entries, both the boys and girls managed to score 22 points, with the boys taking 11th and the girls 12th.
Chris Stoppel was the headliner for the boys. He took second in the 100 in 11.18, while placing third in the 200 in the 22.46.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, was Stoppel anchoring the 4 x 100 relay team that took second in 43.62 after having just barely qualified in the eighth and final spot in Friday’s prelims. Other runners were Dylan Shook, Taylor Kynaston and Collin Harvey. It was the second straight year MHS had placed second, this time finishing behind Andale (43.32) after taking second to Coffeyville last year.
For the girls, the weekend was made on Friday when Amy Suenram went from a No. 6 seed to a state championship in the long jump in 16-6. Megan Pedersen had taken seventh in the high jump at 5-0.
The Bullpups added to their point total on Saturday. Morgan Howard ran a terrific 15.88 in the 100 hurdles to take third place, while Bri Cooks was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 41-9. Ivanna Moyer also competed in that event, throwing 33-9 1/2 for 16th.
With so much youth competing for the Bullpups and a strong eighth-grade class coming up, MHS should make a major move up the standings next year.