The Bullpups soccer team will have a two-mile run on Monday at 12:01 a.m.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association allows soccer teams in Kansas to practice the minute it turns Monday. The McPherson High School boys soccer team plans to take full advantage of that.
It started with the legendary coach Jim Post, who coached the boys from 1995-2007, and later founded and coached the girls team from 1998-2008. The Bullpups boys soccer team will run a two mile fitness test at the McPherson College stadium at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.
“Family, friends and alumni come out and cheer the guys on as they run their two mile fitness test,” head coach Chris Adrian said. “When Post did it, I believe the players ran three miles; all of my players should be thanking me I guess.”
Adrian and company have not been able to continue the tradition the past three years, because school and practice started on the same day. This year, however, the Bullpups have a couple days of practice before school starts.
“Running at midnight and then getting up for class early didn’t make sense,” Adrian said. “This year we get a couple of practices before school starts so the tradition is back on. The players really get into it and it creates a lot of excitement about the upcoming season.”
The Bullpups won’t need a midnight run to get excited for the 2016 season. Andrew McGill and Patrick Munsey are two of the best players in the state, after garnering Class 4A DI First Team honors last season.
Adrian understands he lost a solid senior class, but believes the core of this team is returning. Overall, the Bullpups should be much improved from a team that lost in the regional finals a season ago. Getting a head start on the opposition may also be a key factor.
“Our goal is to be a team that loves to compete, and this is one way to establish that mentality early on.” Adrian said. “We want to be the first team practicing.”
Anybody who wants to bask in the tradition is welcome to bring a lawn chair out to McPherson College, which is still under reconstruction, Sunday night into Monday early morning.
The Bullpups begin the season on Aug. 30 at home against Newton.
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