SALINA – It was a sparkling day on Thursday last week for the McPherson Middle School track teams as the seventh-grade boys dominated their division while the seventh and eighth grade girls plus the eighth grade boys all finished third in the team scoring.

The seventh-grade Junior Pup boys rolled up 162 points which more than doubled that of second place Wamego who finished with 74 while Salina South followed by Newton rounded out the top four of the seven teams participating.

By far the dominating seventh-grade Junior Pup trickster was Javyn Alexander, who earned four gold medals, taking first in both the 100 and 400 before running anchor leg in the gold medal winning 4 x 100 relay and running first leg of the gold medal winning 4 x 400 relay. Joining Alexander in the 4 x 100 were Gunnar Schumaker, Jace Schriner and Kaiden Harold, while Cory Muehler replaced Harold in the winning 4 x 400 relay.

Also taking gold for the seventh-grade was Junior Pups were Owen Pyle in the high jump and Harold in the 200. As a team the seventh-grade boys placed at least one or more in the top three of 13 out of 14 events.

“Our teams saw themselves compete at a high level across the board with the kids hitting personal record’s that are going to set up really well for the League meet next week,” Head Coach TJ Jackson said. “The seventh-grade boys are absolutely deep in all events. They are talented across the board and have large numbers for their team as well. They dominated the meet in every way and if they do things right next week they could own a couple of school records.”

The seventh-grade Junior Lady Pups placed third as a team, just one point out of second with 84 points while Salina South had 85. Newton won the division. Jayla McLeod was the lone first-place finish for the seventh-grade girls when she won the 200 while the team took second in six events, including three of the four relays.

“The seventh-grade girls have a big task ahead of them with Newton being dominate right now,” Coach Jackson said. “When it comes to the league, it is Newton and us, then everyone else. These girls have done great all year and I expect no different come the league meet. They have the chance for a couple of records if things go right.”

Despite only winning two events, with Marlo Brown gaining gold in the 100 hurdles and Kelcie Bergstrom winning the 200 hurdles, the eighth-grade Junior Lady Pups finished just four points out of second with 83 points while Wamego had 87. Newton also won the eighth-grade girls division.

Speaking of the eighth-grade Junior Lady Pups, Coach Jackson noted, “The eighth-grade girls surprise you because they are consistent across the board and have quietly improved at every piece along the season. Placing in the top three at this meet gives them great momentum moving forward.”

Once again it was a matter of a few points for the eighth-grade Junior Pup boys as they scored 84 points to finish third behind Salina South with 111 and runner-up Abilene who scored 90.

The eighth-grade Junior Pup boys earned three first place finishes with Nick Brawner and Samuel Becker winning the individual gold in the high jump and 400 respectively, while the 4 x 400 relay quartet of Becker, Joe Brawner, Nick Brawner and Gavin Richardson also took first.

Coach Jackson concluded his post-meet reflections by saying, “Winning the meet was big for the seventh-grade boys, but possible the single most exciting moment of the season so far was when the eighth-grade boys finally reached their goal of breaking the 4:00 mark in the 4 x 400 relay. It is something they said they were going to do when their seventh-grade season was over, and they dominated the race. Unoffically, Samuel (Becker) opened up with a 55.60 and his teammates followed him up by just increasing the lead every lap. They are a great example of trusting the process and seeing their hard work pay off.”

The Middle School track teams will close out their 2019 season on Tuesday, May 7 when they compete in the Pioneer League Meet hosted by Salina South.

Junior Pups Individual Results:

7th Grade Junior Lady Pups:

High Jump – 2. Kyndall Sanbo 4’ 7”; T-5. Aislynn Soukup 4’ 3”; T-5. Taiya Young 4’ 3”.

Discus – 5. Reanna Eilrich 61’ 6 1/4”.

100 Hurdles – 2. Aislynn Soukup 18.39; 6. Mallory Holmes 20.12.

100 – 1. Jayla McLeod 13.61; 3. Hunter Wilson 13.88.

4 x 100 Relay – 2. Junior Lady Pups (Karter Alvord, Jayla McLeod, Madison Moors, Hunter Wilson) 54.87.

4 x 200 Relay – 2. Junior Lady Pups (Chelsea Brown, Karter Alvord, Olivia Cheatham, Jayla McLeod) 2:02.96.

Sprint Medley Relay – 2. Junior Lady Pups (Chelsea Brown, Madison Moors, Caitlyn Pearson, Hunter Wilson) 2:14.11.

200 Hurdles – 3. Cailey Kueser 34.25; 5. Aislynn Soukup 35.04.

200 – 2. Jayla McLeod 28.52; 6. Karter Alvord 30.00.

4 x 400 Relay – 3. Junior Lady Pups (Riggs Kuhn, Kaya Lowery, Caitlyn Pearson, Baylee Simmelink) 4:55.85.

7th Grade Junior Pup Boys:

High Jump – 1. Owen Pyle 5’ 0”; 2. Kreighton Kanitz 4’ 10”; 4. Hayden Farley 4’ 6”.

Long Jump – 2. Kreighton Kanitz 15’ 9 ½”; 4. Owen Pyle 15’ 1 ½”; 6. Drew Waner 14’ 8”.

Discus – 3. Carter Thul 87’ 1 ½”; 5. Tyson Tucker 84’ 1”.

1600 – 6. Jaiden Strickland 5:49.99.

100 Hurdles – 2. Cory Muehler 17.85; 5. Kale French 18.32.

100 – 1. Javyn Alexander 12.65; 2. Kaiden Harold 12.95; 5. Gunnar Schumaker 13.72.

4 x 100 Relay – 1. Junior Pups (Gunnar Schumaker, Jace Schriner, Kaiden Harold, Javyn Alexander) 50.62.

400 – 1. Javyn Alexander 58.70; 2. Jace Schriner 59.24.

4 x 200 Relay – 3. Junior Pups (Hayden Farley, Kaiden Harold, Gavin Likins, Owen Pyle) 1:53.57.

800 – 3. Gunnar Schumaker 2:28.95; 6. Cory Muehler 2:35.58.

Sprint Medley Relay – 3. Junior Pups (Davison Crawford, Hayden Farley, Owen Pyle, Drew Waner) 2:02.22.

200 Hurdles – 2. Cory Muehler 32.39; 4 Kale French 32.59; 6. Davison Crawford 32.73.

200 – 1. Kaiden Harold 26.40; 2. Jace Schriner 27.01.

4 x 400 Relay – 1. Junior Pups (Javyn Alexander, Cory Muehler, Jace Schriner, Gunnar Schumaker) 4:09.06.

8th Grande Junior Lady Pups:

Long Jump – 3. Aspen Holm 13’ 7”; 5. Faith White 13’ 1”.

Discus – 6. Maleah Yianakopulos 68’ 5 ½”.

Shot Put – 4. Alexis Dukes 30’ 4 ½”.

3200 – 4. Emily Heskett 14:48.43.

Sprint Medley Relay – 6. Junior Lady Pups (Emily Heskett, Aspen Holm, Emma Stein, Anna Vogts) 5:33.17.

100 Hurdles – 1. Marlo Brown 18.10; 6. Kelcie Bergstrom 19.55.

100 – 4. Alexis Dukes 14.07.

4 x 100 Relay – 2. Junior Lady Pups (Kelcie Bergstrom, Alexis Dukes, Eidy Landeros, Maleah Yianakopulos) 55.60.

800 – 4. Eidy Landeros 2:54.80.

400 – 4. Marlo Brown 1:10.66.

4 x 200 Relay – 2. Junior Lady Pups (Kelcie Bergstrom, Marlo Brown, Kyla Lang, Anna Vogts) 2:00.14.

200 Hurdles – 1. Kelcie Bergstrom 35.18; 2. Marlo Brown 33.90.

4 x 400 Relay – 2. Junior Lady Pups (Aspen Holm, Kyla Lang, Emma Stein, Anna Vogts) 4:58.88.

8th Grade Junior Pup Boys:

High Jump – 1. Nick Brawner 5’ 5”; 5. Dawson Gottwald 4’ 8”; 6. Samuel Becker 4’ 8”.

Long Jump – 3. Joe Brawner 17’ 2 ½”.

Discus – 3. Connor McVicker 101’ 7 ½”.

3200 – 4. Roberto Mendez 11:47.45.

100 Hurdles – 3. Roberto Mendez 17.65.

100 – 6. Nick Brawner 12.80.

4 x 100 Relay – 5. Junior Pups (Joe Brawner, Dawson Gottwald, Gavin Richardson, Miles Hubbard) 52.88.

400 – 1. Samuel Becker 56.94; 2. Nick Brawner 58.92.

4 x 200 Relay – 6. Junior Pups (Joe Brawner, Dawson Gottwald, Miles Hubbard, Asa Keough) 1:52.41.

800 – 4. Roberto Mendez 2:26.53.

200 Hurdles – 5. Roberto Mendez 30.47; 6. Gavin Henry 30.53.

200 – 2. Samuel Becker 25.63; 5. Gavin Richardson 26.40.

4 x 400 Relay – 1. Junior Pups (Samuel Becker, Joe Brawner, Nick Brawner, Gavin Richardson) 3:55.10.

7th Grade Girls Team Scoring: 1. Newton 179; 2. Salina South 85; 3. Junior Lady Pups 84; 4. Chapman 48; 5. Salina Lakewood 44; 6. Abilene 34; 7. Wamego 11.

7th Grade Boys Team Scoring: 1. Junior Pup Boys 162; 2. Wamego 74; 3. Salina South 73.4; 4. Newton 56; 5. Salina Lakewood 44; 6. Chapman 34.2; 7. Abilene 21.4.

8th Grade Girls Team Scoring: 1. Newton 100; 2. Wamego 87; 3. Junior Lady Pups 83; 4. Salina South 69; 5. Abilene 67; 6. Chapman 50; 7. Salina Lakewood 39.

8th Grade Boys Team Scoring: 1. Salina South 111; 2. Abilene 90; 3. Junior Pup Boys 84; 4. Newton 74; 5. Chapman 55; 6. Salina Lakewood 51; 7. Wamego 33.

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