ABILENE — Chris Stoppel is back.
The McPherson High sprinter, who has been bothered by injuries this season, finally flashed his 2014 form on Monday in the Abilene Invitational.
Stoppel won the 100 (10.99) and 200 (22.1) to re-establish himself as one of the top sprinters in Class 4A. He medaled in the Top 3 at state in both events last year.
“Chris Stoppel is running healthy for the first time all year and posted some jaw-dropping times in the 100 and 200,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said. “We have worked a ton on his first five meters of the race and it’s paying off.”
Also for the MHS boys, Klayton Goering and Spenser Wine had a solid 2-3 finish in the 110 hurdles, while Noah Jirgens had an individual second in the 300 hurdles. The Bullpups’ 4 x 100 relay also took second.
For the MHS girls, the addition of Kenzie Goering is a major plus as she has been splitting time with softball. She won the triple jump in 34-7, which according to Pavlovich is among the best five jumps in 4A this year. She medaled in two other events as well.
MHS also received firsts from Morgan Howard in the 100 hurdles (16.11), Elle Barrett in the long jump (16-10 1/2) and Bri Cooks in the shot (39-5 1/2).
“Morgan Howard is returning to her usual self in the 100 hurdles by posting a season PR with a time of 16.11.” Pavlovich said. “She is still recovering from a fracture in her foot. She’s a tough kid and will fight through any pain that her foot is giving her. Our girls continued their prowess in the jumps by scoring a ton of points once again.
“Kenzie Goering won the triple jump posting a Top 5 distance in the state. Bri Cooks looked impressive in the discus as she heaved a 120-foot throw, but barely fell out of the ring. As normal, Bri won the shot once again. The story of the night was our girls 4 x 4 (relay). Kamryn Collins, Sydney Ruder, Kenzie Goering and Amy Suenram posted a time of 4:18.35, which ranks fourth in the state and this is the first time we have ran it all year.”
Team scores were not available. Pavlovich said the MHS girls were second out of 12 teams, while the boys were either second or third. He added he did not take a full team.
The Bullpups host their annual meet on Thursday at McPherson Stadium.
• GIRLS •
Laynie Moore — 100, 3rd, 12.94
Kamryn Collins — 200, 4th, 26.86; 400, 6th, 1:06.46
Kenzie Goering — 200, 5th, 27.5; long jump, 4th, 16-3/4; triple jump, 1st, 34-7
Morgan Howard — 100 hurdles, 3rd, 16.11
Sydney Ruder — 300 hurdles, 4th, 48.92
4 x 100 relay — (Barrett, Collins, Moore, Howard), 3rd, 51.53
4 x 400 relay — (Collins, Suenram, Goering, Ruder), 2nd, 4:18.35
Megan Pedersen — high jump, 2nd, 5-0
Tiffany Slechta, high jump, 3rd, 4-10
Rachel Dossett — high jump, 6th, 4-8; triple jump, 6th, 31-5
Elle Barrett — long jump, 1st, 16-10 1/2
Amy Suenram — long jump, 5th, 15-10 3/4
Bri Cooks — shot put, 1st, 39-5 1/2; discus, 5th, 101-3
Mandi Cooks — javelin, 5th, 95-2
Katlyn Ruth — javelin, 6th, 89-5
• BOYS •
Chris Stoppel — 100, 1st, 10.99; 200, 1st 22.1
Dylan Shook — 200, 4th, 22.94
Klayton Goering — 110 hurdles, 2nd, 15.76
Spenser Wine — 110 hurdles, 3rd, 15.79
Noah Jirgens — 300 hurdles, 2nd, 42.23
Jaxon Jumonville — 300 hurdles, 5th, 43.66
4 x 100 relay— (Shook, Kynaston, Stoppel, Westerblom), 2nd, 44.42
4 x 400 relay (Westerblom, Hansen, Jumonville, Jirgens), 4th, 3:44.0
4 x 800 relay (Hansen, Kirchner, Smith, Stone), 6th, 9:17.00
Luke Stucky — shot put, 5th, 42-3