WICHITA—This weekend McPherson County Schools will be off Cessna Stadium for the 2019 State Track and Field meet. The weather doesn't look promising with a chance of thunderstorms, and may push back the remaining events to Sunday according to multiple reports. For now, everything is going according to schedule.
Class 5A: McPherson High School
After winning regionals last week, the girls are likely to put up some good points and be contenders of winning state as a team. The Lady Pups will be led by Emma Ruddle, who is ranked No. 1 in the 100 hurdles with the seed time of 14.15, and No. 2 in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.17. Avery Howard is under the radar as she could be placed in the top three behind Ruddle like she has been all season. Autumn Allen could also boost some points in the triple jump.
On the boy's side, it's going to be a challenge because they are as depth compared to the girls' team. 4x100 Pavlovich believes they could finish in the top ten. Brandon Yowell is their top sprinter in the 100 and legs in the 4x100 with Jace Kinnamon, Talyn Huff and Gage Shook. The 4x100 is undefeated this season. Seth Madron is ranked in the top five in the long as a freshman.
"We have a chance at the top three on the girls' side," Pavlovich said. "There are so many moving parts. It is tough to tell. If you look at the seeding, it is a little deceiving due to the different conditions across the state at regionals. On the guys' side, we could have a top 10 finish. The same applies to the boys too. It's hard to tell when comparing the four different locations of regional marks."
Who to watch:
Girls: Emma Ruddle
Last year, Ruddle's 14.15 in the 100 hurdles was the best time in the state, and ranked 11th best of all-time in Kansas history. Ruddle will be looking to create history once again as a top contender in the 100 hurdles and 100-meter dash. Her toughest competition could be Kalli Anderson from Newton High School in 100.
Boys: Cody Stufflebean
Stufflebean is ranked fourth in the javelin, and fifth in the shot put. He could give the boys some quality points for the boys if he finishes in the top three.
Class 3A Smoky Valley High School
The Vikings have a great chance to make some noise the Class 3A after a dominating season. They have one of the best sprinters in Tim Lambert and Belle Peters, who could be top three finishers in multiple events. Scott City High School could give the Vikings the run for their more, however, it is no doubt Smoky Valley is the heavy favorites.
"We are looking forward to the weekend," Vikings Head Coach Jay Myers said. "I am hoping and feel like we are going there with focus and determination rather than a "just happy to be there" attitude. Our kids have wanted to do well all year, and they are battlers."
Who to watch?
Girls: Belle Peters
Peters holds the No. 1 seed in the pole vault event with the mark of 12-00.00. She will also be involved in all the sprinting competition.
Boys: Tim Lambert
Lambert could be looking to make another splash before he moves on to Kansas State. He's a heavy favorite in all three running events and will anchor in the 4x100 team.
Class 2A: Canton-Galva High School, Inman High School
Canton-Galva High School has four state-qualifiers. Three come from the boys. Tyson Struber will compete in the high jump. Kinser Colgin will be in the triple jump and Morgan Becker will run the 3200. Moddelmog will compete in the triple jump and the 100 hurdles.
"This year Canton-Galva had one of their biggest teams in the last four years, and the interest in track and field in our school only points to more good things in the future.," Eagle's Head Coach Tina McMannis said. "Every athlete on our team improved this year in their events. Highlights of our season were the boys' team winning runner-up in the Wheat State League meet and qualifying four athletes for the state meet.
Who to watch?
Girls: Tia Moddelmog (Canton-Galva)
Moddelmog will hold down the fort for the Lady Eagles as this will be her third year making the trip for the Eagles. Her experience could her get through preliminaries in the 100 hurdles, but it might be long-shot to finish in the top three in two of her events.
Boys: Nicholas Martisko (Inman)
Inman has one representative at state and that's Martisko. The distance runner is ranked No. 11 in the 3200, which will be his only event. Just finishing in the top five with a medal could be a big win for Inman.
Class 1A: Moundridge High School, Elyria Christian School, Little River High School
Class 1A is stacked with quality athletes for both boys and girls. Moundridge High School, Elyria Christian School and Little River each have state qualifiers. Elyria has the most out of the three as the Eagles will be searching for their first state medal in school history. It will be challenging for Moundridge's top sprinter Jamya O'Quinn 100 and 200 meters. For the Lady Wildcats, Emma Green and Kalie Zimmerman of Little River will face off in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Also competing for Little River will be Rolin Brillhart in the triple jump, Matt Dougherty in the 100 and Bronson Rains in the triple jump.
Who to watch?
Girls: Jamya O'Quinn (Moundridge)
O'Quinn will be the headliner for Moundridge in her fourth and final year as a state qualifier. She has been phenomenal for as runner in Class 2A. Now her task to bring the same energy against the Class 1A runners. She's going in as ranked No. 9 in the 100-meter dash with a 13.23 time. Her toughest competitor happens to be a freshman, Addisyn Heinson of Kiowa County carries the No. 1 seed with the time of 12.18. To win it all, she got the hit the 12-second mark.
Boys: Josef Hobson (Elyria)
Hobson will be debuting as a state qualifier in the 400, and 4x400. According to Elyria's Head Coach Zach Goodrich, he has been improving his time each week. He may be in the bottom rankings, but it will be interesting to see where he will finish.
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