Cooks clinches league championship for Bullpup girls

By Steve Sell
May 19, 2015

ROSE HILL – Once Bri took care of business, McPherson High’s girls were in business.

The Bullpups had to return to Rose Hill on Monday for the completion of the AVCTL Division III Track and Field Championships, with MHS holding on to a slim lead over Buhler.

But after Bri Cooks unfurled a season-best 42-5 1/2 to win the shot put and a 106-2 in the discus for second place, the Bullpups secured the championship with 116 points. Buhler was second with 104, while the rest of the order included Winfield (92), El Dorado (76), Rose Hill (64) and Augusta (40).

Those were the only two events that had not been completed. Earlier results already were included in an earlier post on the website.

MHS coach Jace Pavlovich was pleased with the Bullpups, who had enjoyed a great day way back on Friday before the meet was halted. Cooks, who has signed with Pittsburg State, has hit her stride that should make her an especially strong threat in the shot.

For the MHS boys, Noah Jirgens was in action and took second in the discus with a 129-8. Luke Stucky added a sixth in the shot with 40-5 1/2.

Pavlovich said the Bullpup boys also fared well. Winfield dominated the long distance races (42 total points in the 1,600 and 3,200) to score 121, while MHS spread its points around for 109. Third went to Rose Hill with 90, with El Dorado (65), Buhler (58) and Augusta (52) making up the second division.

The Bullpups will be involved in a monstrous 16-team Class 4A regional on Friday in Holcomb. It’s expected to be one of the state’s toughest, as Hays and Andale are traditional state championship contenders for both boys and girls. The action begins at 3 p.m.