Cooks, Ruder grab gold at Salina

By Steve Sell
May 09, 2015

SALINA — McPherson High’s track and field team competed in one of its toughest meets of the year on Friday at Salina Central as it was mostly Class 6A and 5A teams.

On the girls’ side, Bri Cooks broke the 40-foot mark in the shot put with a mark of 40-8 for first place, while Sydney Ruder took first in the 300 hurdles in 48.1. The 4 x 400 relay team of Ruder, Kenzie Goering, Kamryn Collins and Amy Suenram took second, but their time of 4:12.8 is among the best in Class 4A this year.

On the boys’ side, top performances were a second in the high jump by Andric McGill and a second by Chris Stoppel in the 200. 

McPherson High coach Jace Pavlovich was pleased with the Bullpups' effort as he believes the team is starting to peak at the right time.

"We had another great night of competition tonight," he said. "The is one of the best meets we go to all year. There were some quality 5A and 6A teams at this meet. The girls' 4 x 4 broke their record by a whopping 6 seconds, which is almost unheard of at this point in the season. Andric McGill had a coming out (party) in the jumps with a second place in the high jump and a fifth place in the long jump."

It was the Bullpups’ final tune-up before next Friday’s league meet at Rose Hill.

• MHS Results •


Megan Pedersen — 4th in high jump, 5-2.

Amy Suenram — 2nd in long jump, 17-5 3/4.

Kenzie Goering — 2nd in triple jump, 33-10 1/2; 6th in long jump, 16-4.

Bri Cooks — 1st in shot, 40-8; 6th in discus, 110-2.

Mandi Cooks — 6th in javelin, 104-9.

Morgan Howard — 4th in 100 hurdles, 16.5.

Sydney Ruder — 1st in 300 hurdles, 48.1

4 x 100 relay — 2. Ruder, Kamryn Collins, Rilynn Anderson and Laynie Moore, 50.8.

4 x 400 relay — 2. Suenram, Ruder, Goering and Collins, 4:12.9.


Andric McGill — 2nd in high jump, 6-0; 5th in long jump, 19-5 1/2.

Chris Stoppel — 5th in 100, 11.4; 2nd in 200, 22.7.

Klayton Goering — 3rd in 110 hurdles, 16.2.

Spenser Wine — 6th in 110 hurdles, 16.3.

4 x 100 relay — 6. Jaxon Jumonville, Oscar Westerblom, Taylor Kynaston and Stoppel, 45.3.