Suenram, Jirgens grab gold at Valley Center

By Steve Sell
April 18, 2015

VALLEY CENTER — McPherson High’s girls track and field team jumped its way to success on Friday in the Valley Center Invitational.

The Bullpups scored heavy points in the three jumping events to more than hold their own in a tough field.

Defending Class 4A long jump champion Amy Suenram unfurled a 17-3 1/2 to win the event, while Kenzie Goering was third in her first varsity meet as she doubles in softball. She also was third in the triple jump. Elle Barrett added a fourth in the long jump as MHS picked up a nice chunk of points in that event.

High jumpers Tiffany Slechta and Megan Pedersen both cleared 5-2 to tie for third. Slechta had a PR by four inches and both jumpers had marks that normally place at state.

Bri Cooks nabbed a silver by taking second in the shot put in 38-6 1/2 as many of the Bullpups’ points came in field events.

On the boys’ side, the highlight was Noah Jirgens’ continued success in the discus as he won with a heave of 156-7.

“Noah Jirgens popped a monster throw in the discus...  he did this within five minutes of running the 300 hurdles,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “It was nice to get Chris Stoppel back running the 200 meters. He’s looking really good in that event.”

MHS didn’t have a lot of placers, but its marks were quality.  

“This was the toughest meet we will compete in all year and the kids did well,” Pavlovich said. 

Next MHS action is Friday at Abilene.


Bri Cooks — 2nd in shot put, 38-6 1/2

Tiffany Slechta — 3rd in high jump, 5-2

Megan Pedersen — 3rd in high jump, 5-2

Kenzie Goering — 3rd in triple jump, 32-3; 3rd in long jump, 16-4 1/2

Amy Suenram — 1st in long jump, 17-3 1/2

Elle Barrett — 4th in long jump, 16-4

Kamryn Collins — 4th in 100, 13.5

4x100 — 4. MHS (Barrett, Collins, Anderson, Moore), 51.5 

• BOYS •

Noah Jirgens — 1st in discus, 156-7

Klayton Goering — 6th in 110 hurdles, 16.7

4x100 — 4. MHS (Shook, Westerblom, Kynaston, Stoppel), 44.57

Chris Stoppel — 4th in 200, 23.4