The McPherson High Bullpup track and field teams opened up their 2013 against a tough field in Junction City Thursday, making a good accounting of themselves in several events in the process.
According to MHS head coach Jace Pavlovich, 20 athletes on the boys’ side and 10 on the girls’ set personal records during the meet. That includes distance runner Christina Wankum, who took first in the 1,600-meter with a time of 5:40.81 and first in the 3,200 with a time of 12:34.35.
Lauren Wankum finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 13:44.20 and sixth in the 1,600, running it in 6:24.78.
Payton Shook finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.63 seconds. Senior Taylor Scheidegger took fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.62.
The 4x100 relay team of Shook, Barnes, Scheidegger and Meredith Hess took fourth, finishing in 53.45 seconds.
In field events, Ivana Moyer broke her 2012 personal best in the shot put and equalled it in the discus Thursday. She took first in the discus with a throw of 100 feet, three inches. Moyer took second in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Her 2012 mark was 36 feet, eight inches.
Elsewhere on the girls’ field, Barnes took second in the high jump with a height of four feet, 10 inches. Bethany Bouray finished fifth in the discus with a distance of 88 feet, four inches.
As a team, the Bullpups finished fifth out of seven teams.
Individually for the Bullpup boys, Chris Stoppel had the best finish of the day, taking first in the high jump with a height of six feet, two inches. That eclipsed his 2012 personal best by a four inches, having jumped five feet, eight inches last year.
Adam Boyer was right behind Stoppel in the high jump taking second at five feet, ten inches.
MHS had four fourth place finishes on the day, including the 4x100-meter relay team of Stoppel, Collin Harvey, Austin O’Bannon and Shawn Seymore, who ran the race in a time of 44.18 seconds.
The 4x800 team of Todd Graber, Brett Sitts, Ryen Trost and Ethan Fowler finished in a time of 9:06.01 to take fourth.
Junior Kyler Jost ran the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.03 seconds, good enough to also finish fourth.
Harvey finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.51 seconds, while O’Bannon was sixth in the 200, finishing in 23.63 seconds.
Tanner Hamilton had a fourth place finish in the javelin with a distance of 129 feet, three inches, setting his bar for his personal best this season.
Andy Zietlow finished sixth in the javelin with 126 feet, nine inches.
As a team, the Bullpup boys finished sixth out of the seven teams.
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