Bullpups sweep league championship
EL DORADO — The AVTCL Division III Championship was last time McPherson High track and field Head Coach Jace Pavlovich focus from a team perspective, and his Bullpups came through strong after sweeping the league championship.
The Lady Pups scored 198 points, beating out Buhler High School (115) by 83 points. Augusta took third with 80 points, Circle High School finished fourth 74, Winfield had 39 and El Dorado scored 36.
Emma Ruddle continued her consistent first-place performance in the 100, 100 hurdles and anchoring the 4x100 relay team, along with Autumn Allen, Janae Spaich and Jordan Bailey. Allen also took gold in the triple jump.
Rhian Swanson has been making a name for herself in the jumping events. The freshman had another strong performance by winning the high jump and long jump. She also took second in the triple jump as well. Kallie Jost added another gold in the javelin throw, which is a first for the Bullpups this year.
On the boys' side, McPherson was in a heaping battle with Buhler. However, the Bullpups outlasted Buhler 154-117. Winfield was on the hunt and took third with 101 points. August collected 79, El Dorado scored 60 and Circle had 44.
Cody Stufflebean won both in the discus and javelin events. Seth Madron also took gold in the long jump, and the 4x100 completed the championship with a first-place finish. Talyn Huff was out due to an injury, so Sky Schriner stepped in for the relay team that involved Gage Shook, Jace Kinnamon and Brandon Yowell.
The Bullpups now must focus on regionals next weekend, which will be in Wichita Northwest High School.
Smoky Valley owns Central Kansas League
NICKERSON—It's a clean sweep. The Smoky Valley High School track and field team remains superior this season after winning the Central Kansas League on Thursday in Nickerson.
The boys collected eight first-place finishes and scored a total of 112 points, beating out Hillsboro High School ( 79.5) and Pratt High School (77.5). Tim Lambert had four alone in 100, 200, 300 hurdles and anchored in the winning 4x100 relay team, which included Andrew Peters, Lane Schrag and Carson Windholz. Ryan Heline added two in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Peters got one in the pole vault, and Schrag won gold in the 400.
The Lady Vikings scored a total of 105.5 points, outlasting Haven High School (95) and Hesston High School (82.5). Belle Peters doubled in the 100 hurdles and pole vault. Abby Rose was victorious in the 400, and the team of McKinley Johnson, Abby Rose, Rylee Ebert and Gracie Lambert in the 4x800 also came up big for the Lady Vikings.
O'Quinn and Green win gold in the track
MOUNDRIDGE— Moundridge High School hosted the Heart of America League Championship on Friday.
Jamya O'Quinn, in the 100, and Emma Green, in the 100 hurdles, led the Lady Wildcats with a pair of first-place finishes to give the Lady Wildcats some points. Green also took third in the 300-meter hurdles. The Lady Wildcats finished in seventh with 29 points.
Dan Kaufman led the boys with a second-place finish in the javelin throw, and Kevin Vivanco finished fourth in the high jump. Moundridge boys scored 16 points.
The Inman girls team were led by Dantlie Raney's third-place finish in the 800, and Tyesia Boyd's third-place finish in the 200. The Lady Teutons scored 21 points.
On the boys' side, Dawson Mannebach was placed second in the triple jump. Freshman Jace Doerkson finished third in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Nicholas Martisko also finished third in the 3200. Inman boys scored 34 points in total.
Berean Academy ended up sweeping the league championship.
Mac Schools battle in Wheat State League Championship
GOESSEL— Down in Goessel, Elyria Christian, Canton-Galva and Little River battled in the Wheat State League Championship along with eight other schools on Thursday.
Canton-Galva boys finished second behind Solomon High School,107-86. Elyria's boys and girls finished fourth, and Little River took six on the girls' and boys' side.
Olivia Peters was spectacular for the Lady Eagles as she collected two first-place finishes individually in the 100 and 400. She also added two more with the 4x100 and 4x400 team, which also included Brekken Anderson, Claire Adamyk and Connie Schott. For the boys, Gage Schneider took gold in the 100. The 4x100 relay team (Jackson Stone, Josef Hobson, Tyler Huxman and Caleb Froese) and 4x400 relay team (Hobson, Froese, Stone and Ben Unruh) were also victorious in their event.
The Redskins collected three first-place finishes. Abbie Hudson won the triple jump, and so did Kallie Zimmerman in the 300 hurdles.
Bronson Rains was the only first-place finisher for the Little River boys in the triple jump.
Tyson Struber and Morgan Becker were the top performers for the Canton-Galva boys. Struber won the 200 and Becker won the 800. Tia Moddelmog gave some points on the girls' side after placing third in the high jump.
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