MHS Invitational set for Thursday

By Steve Sell
April 29, 2015

A star-studded field will gather Thursday for the annual McPherson Invitational Track and Field Meet at McPherson Stadium.

The action gets under way at 3 p.m.

Hays and Newton, two of the best programs in the state, headline the field, which numbers nine teams at current time. 

Bullpup coach Jace Pavlovich is excited about seeing some of the state’s top talent on the track and in the field. His MHS team has been improving dramatically the last couple of weeks and he wants to see how it matches up against the best around.

“Our kids are really coming on at this point in the season,” Pavlovich said. “Hays has a really strong team again this year and they are going to bring some quality kids. The good thing for us is that they are also at our regional, so we have a chance to compete against them before then. Newton is as strong as they have been for the last four or five years.  They will be tough to beat on both sides.”

Pavlovich likes the depth of the field.

“Valley Center is much improved from the past,” he said. “They beat us as a team on the boys’ side earlier in the year. Salina South and Salina Central have some really impressive kids in the sprint and jump events. We have tried to keep our meet at eight or nine teams, but have invited some of the best around. I’m excited to see our kids get after it again after a great showing on Monday at Abilene.”

MHS’ Chris Stoppel, who had been slowed with injuries, is coming off a huge day at Abilene as he appears to finally be back to last year’s form that saw him finish in the Top 3 in the two short sprints at state. Klayton Goering and Spenser Wine are top hurdlers and will see some of their toughest competition of the year.

On the girls’ side, the Bullpups have one of the best jumping groups in the state in the long, triple and high. Bri Cooks is a favorite in the shot put and the Bullpups also have some good individuals on the track who are expected to score some quality points.