MHS girl thinclads on brink of title

By Steve Sell
May 16, 2015
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ROSE HILL — It’s not a done deal yet, but McPherson High’s girls track and field team is about as close to winning the AVCTL Division III championship as you can get.

With two events left to be completed, which will be on Monday, the Bullpup girls hold a 12-point lead over Buhler. And those remaining events are the shot put and discus, where MHS should score some big points just on the strength of Bri Cooks, one of the best in Class 4A in the shot.

“I feel really good about the situation we are in on the girls’ side with Bri Cooks, Priscilla Martinez, Sydney Mossman and Kaitlyn Ruth throwing for us,” MHS coach Jace Pavlovich said.

The girls received golds from Elle Barrett in the long jump, Megan Pedersen in the high jump and two-sport standout Sydney Ruder in the 300 hurdles. Barrett, Kamryn Collins, Rilynn Anderson and Laynie Moore also grabbed the gold in the 4 x 100 relay.

The MHS boys led the meet much of the night, but Winfield exploded in the distance races to grab the advantage. Still with two events left, the Bullpups are in second to the Vikings. Pavlovich, however, said it’s probably going to be difficult to catch up with the two events left.

Chris Stoppel had a huge day for the Bullpups by blazing to wins the 100 and 200 meters, and even added a third in the high jump even though he doesn’t regularly compete in that event. He also anchored the winning 4 x 100 relay team that also included Dylan Shook, Oscar Westerblom and Taylor Kynaston.

Klayton Goering and Spenser Wine scored big points by taking first and second, respectively, in the 110 hurdles.

“We had a great night tonight,” Pavlovich said. “I’m really proud of the way we competed once again. We had kids in events that they are not very comfortable competing in that did it to score points for the team.”

MHS results:


Laynie Moore — 100, 3rd, 13.0

Rilynn Anderson — 100, 6th 13.2

Kenzie Goering — 200, 4th 27.53; long jump, 6th, 15-3; triple jump, 33-2 3/4, place UA

Kamryn Collins — 200, 5th, 27.63

Cierra Beasley — 3,200, 4th, 13:45.1

Megan Pederson — 100 hurdles, 4th, 17.8; high jump, 1st, 5-2

Sydney Ruder — 300 hurdles, 1st, 49.3

4 x 100 (Barrett, Collins, Anderson, Moore), 1st, 50.8

4 x 400 (Ruder, Suenram, Goering, Collins) — 2nd, 4:17.43

4 x 800 (Pearson, Wankum, Becker, Brooks) — 2nd, 11:49.

Mandi Cooks — high jump, 2nd, 5-2

Tiffany Slechta — high jump, 4th, 4-6

Elle Barrett — long jump, 1st, 16-9 1/4; triple jump, 2nd, 35-6 3/4

Amy Suenram — long jump, 3rd, 16-7 1/4

Rachel Dossett — triple jump, 30-3; place UA

Ashtyn Schieferecke — javelin, 4th, 89-9

• BOYS •

Chris Stoppel — 100, 1st, 10.87; 200, 1st, 22.5; high jump, 3rd, 6-2

Oscar Westerblom — 200, 6th, 24.5; 400, 5th, 55.1

Kyle Smith —  400, 3rd, 54.32

Cole Hansen — 800, 5th, 2:15.9

Klayton Goering — 110 hurdles, 1st, 15.6

Spenser Wine — 110 hurdles, 2nd, 15.8

Noah Jirgens, 300 hurdles, 2nd, 42.7

Jaxon Jumonville, 300 hurdles, 3rd, 43.55

4 x 100 — (Shook, Kynaston, Westerblom, Stoppel), 1st, 44.1

4 x 400 —  (Martin, Kirchner, Smith, Jumonville), 3rd, 3:39.2

4 x 800 — (Martin, Kirchner, Hansen, Armstrong), 2nd, 9:01.1

Andric McGill — high jump, 4th, 5-10; long jump, 5th, 19-10

Devin Cape — triple jump, 5th, 39-2 1/4

Dylan Baldwin — javelin, 2nd, 141-3