ANDALE—Track and field season came a day early for McPherson High School. The Bullpups traveled to Andale for their opening meet. No scores were recorded, but there were individual standouts from both the girls' and boys' side.
Starting with the girls, Emma Ruddle didn't miss a step, if not her breakaway speed as she won gold in the 100 (12.88) and 100 hurdles (14.77). She also broke the meet's record at the hurdles. Autumn Allen also took first in the triple jump.
Some freshmen saw action as well. Rhian Swanson, in the high jump and Marissa Pearcy, in 1600, took second in their event. Pearcy was also involved in the 4x800 relay team that finished in second place.
The highlight for the boys was Cody Stufflebean as he took first place in the Javelin throw and second in the shot put. The 4x100 team, which included Brandon Yowell, Jace Kinnamon, Talyn Huff and Gage Shook also won first place. Seth Madron was runner-up in the long jump, and Dawson Van Goethem took second in the discus.
The Bullpups will travel to Garden Plains High School next Friday, beginning at 3:30 p.m..
Smoky Valley girls win first meet of the year; Lambert dominates the tracks
BELLEVILLE— The Smoky Valley High School track and field team opened their season at Republic County High School on Thursday. The Smoky Valley girls took first with 148 points, and the boys finished second with 142 points, 16-point shy from Beloit High School.
On the girls' side, Belle Peters took gold in the 100 hurdles, long jump and anchored in the 4x100. Also winning gold was Abby Rose in the 400, Elise Peterson in the 1600 and the 4x800 team. Kerrington Haxton took second in the 100 and 300 low hurdles. She also legged in the 4x100 team that took first place during the event. Bri Franklin finished third in the discus throw and fourth in the shot put.
Tim Lambert began his senior campaign with another record on his resume. He broke Derek O'Dell's record in the 100 high hurdles with the time of 15.1 seconds. He also won gold in the 100 (10.76) and 200 (22.88). Ryan Heline took gold in the 3200 with the time of 10:50.45. The 4x100 team, which includes Andrew Peters, Lane Schrag, Stephen Peterson and Carson Windholz won gold in their event at 46.35. Peters came second in the 100. Only seconds behind Lambert. Joshua Peterson also came in second place in both the 800 (2.22.75), 3200 (11.23.08) and was one of the legs in the 4x800. Windholz was runner-up in the long jump and triple jump. The 4x400 (Peters, Lane Schrag, Heline and Windholz) team were also runner-ups in their event. On the field, Ethan Wampler was placed third in the shot put.
Next meet for the Vikings will be at Marion High School next Friday at 3 p.m.
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