MHS thinclads grab six gold medals

By Steve Sell
April 11, 2015

HERINGTON — McPherson High’s track and field team came away with six gold-medal performances, including four on the girls’ side, during Friday’s Marion Invitational that was moved to Herington because of renovations to the Warriors’ track.

The Bullpup girls received individual firsts from Megan Pedersen in the high jump, Amy Suenram in the long jump and Bri Cooks in the shot put, as well as a winning effort from the 4 x 100 relay team of Rilynn Anderson, Kamryn Collins, Elle Barrett and Laynie Moore.

MHS took second place behind Marion.

“Some highlights on the girls’ side included Kamryn Collins showing her potential in the 200 and Ciera Beasley finishing third in the 3,200,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “Sydney Ruder’s hard work in two sports are paying off as she posted a Top 4 time in the 300 hurdles.  Our girls’ 4 x 100 relay ran a PR with finally breaking the 50 time with a few errors on the handoffs. Once they fix those mistakes they could easily be in the 40s.  The girls showed their depth and prowess in the high jump once again by finishing 1, 2, 4 and 5. Amy Suenram got in the 17s in long jump, which is right where she needs to be at this point. Bri Cooks was her normal self winning shot put and placing second in the discus. Bri would have finished first in both events, but narrowly threw a monster throw just out of bounds.”

For the boys, champions included Klayton Goering in the 110 hurdles and the 4 x 800 team of Cole Hansen, Darrius Armstrong, Chris Kirchner and Kalib Martin. The Bullpups were third behind Marion and El Dorado.

“We had a great night on the boys’ side as well,” Pavlovich said.  “Finishing third and fifth without our top two sprinters in the 100 was a great accomplishment. Kyle Smith is rapidly getting back into track shape by finishing third in the 400. Kyle just started practicing two weeks ago after winning state as a member of our basketball team. Spenser Wine is in the same boat as Kyle is as far as getting a late start practicing, but managed to crush his old PR with a time of 16.17 in the 110 high hurdles. He finished a tenth of a second behind the gold medal winner in Klayton Goering in that event. Klayton also destroyed his previous PR by running a 16.16.

“Jaxon Jumonville didn’t run a clean 300 intermediate hurdles race, but did manage to finish hard to get a second-place finish. He is one of the toughest runners we have had in a while. Our state-ranked 4 x 800 did not disappoint tonight by finishing first. They would have liked to finish under 9 minutes and came close. Andric McGill did a great job by PR’ing and finishing 3rd in the high jump with a 5-10 jump.”

MHS goes to Valley Center on Friday. 


Kamryn Collins — 4th in 100 (13.2); 2nd in 200 (26.6)

Laynie Moore — 6th in 100 (13.3)

Amy Suenram — 6th in 200 (27.7); 1st in long jump (17-1/2)

Kenzie Becker — 6th in 1600 (6:34.7)

Ciera Beasley — 3rd in 3200 (13:35.7)

Sydney Ruder — 3rd in 300 hurdles (49.7)

Megan Pedersen — 1st in high jump (5-0)

Tiffany Slechta — 2nd in high jimp (4-8)

Sydney Mossman —4th in high jump (4-6)

Rachel Dossett — 5th in high jump (4-6)

Elle Barrett — 4th in long jump (16-3 1/2)

Bri Cooks — 1st in shot (38-9 1/2); 2nd in discus (104-4)

4 x 100 relay — 1. MHS (Anderson, Collins, Barrett and Moore), 50.8.

 • BOYS •

Taylor Kynaston — 3rd in 100 (11.6)

Noah Jirgens — 5th in 100 (11.7); 2nd in discus (137-4)

Dylan Baldwin — 6th in javelin (137-5)

Kyle Smith — 3rd in 400 (54.3)

Klayton Goering — 1st in 110 hurdles (16.2)

Spenser Wine — 2nd in 110 hurdles (16.2); 3rd in 300 hurdles (46.8)

Jaxon Jumonville — 3rd in 300 hurdles (44.8)

Andric McGill — 3rd in high jump (5-10)

Max Howe — 4th in triple jump (38-1/2)

4 x 800 relay — 1. (Hansen, Armstrong, Kirchner and Martin), 9:04.7.