The weather put a damper somewhat on the McPherson Middle School track and field season as the team danced around raindrops, but when it did get to compete Bullpup coach TJ Jackson said he couldn’t have been more proud.
“There was plenty to look back on from this season,” Jackson said. “The eighth-grade girls broke several records. MaryAnn Wurm broke the triple jump record at the first meet of the year and then continued to break her own record multiple times after. With a great work ethic, and coaching from Nick Griggs, she ended the year at 32-6.”
Relays played a huge role in the team’s success.
Both the 4 x 1 and 4 x 2 relay teams are undefeated over two years. Their 52.03 in the 4 x 1 broke the record. Team members were J’anae Spaich, Brooke Miller, Jordan Bailey and anchor Chelsea Stoppel.
The eighth-grade girls’ 4 x 400 relay team lost only once the entire year and lowered the school record to 4:23.03. Members were Wurm, Spaich, Megan Smith and Hannah Dossett.
Most of all, Jackson said the program established a sense of pride and great work ethic.
“This entire year we preached about getting better each week as our focus, not winning,” Jackson said. “We told the kids that if they focused on that, that good things would come as a result and they surely did. We saw PR's every week and records just happen to become a part of that. One of the things we were most proud of our students for this year was we had 95 students getting checked for academic eligibility each week for seven weeks. Of 665 academic checks, only five times did a student have a failing grade. Thank you to the parents and community for all the support you give to our student-athletes.”