WICHITA—For the first time in 109 years, the Kansas State Track and Field Championship meet had been dealing with a weather delay in three consecutive days. The meet didn't end until Sunday afternoon. Despite dealing with the inclement weather, McPherson High School track and field team made its mark throughout the weekend to conclude its season and spring sports.
The Bullpups may not won a plaque, but the girls were able able to finish seventh with 40.5 points, while boys were just shy of cracking the top 10 after scoring 23 points, and a 12th-place finish.
Emma Ruddle took home two gold medals and a silver on Saturday. Ruddle started Saturday morning off with a first-place victory in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.45. Despite not accomplishing the goal of reaching in the 13s, she still acted like she been there before as she now carries three gold medals in her track and field career.
"It's always a good feeling to win a state championship. It wasn't as great than winning the first one, and it wasn't as shocking," Ruddle said. "It was still a great race, though. All of them are all good, and it was a good competition at state because you know they are always the best."
Ruddle's toughest challenge was in the 100 meters, where she hoped to beat out Newton's No. 1 sprinter Kalli Anderson. Unfortunately, Anderson was too fast even for Ruddle's standards as she finished first with a blazing time of 11.81. Ruddle came second with a time of 12:29.
"Honestly, there was nothing I could've done," Ruddle said about Anderson. "She's just so quick, and it's her God-giving talent. She's so fast. I got to give it to her."
Ruddle was also part of history in the 4x100, 27 years worth of history to be exact. She, along with Autumn Allen, Janae Spaich and Jordan Bailey ran 49.36, which placed them second behind the relay team of Newton High School. That record held near and dear to the former Bullpup relay team of Paige Watkins, Deedra Duersken, Richelle Goscha and Kaley Glidewell. Now it belongs to the 2019 team.
Allen had a strong performance on Sunday when she placed second in the triple jump. It was a bounce-back day for her after not medaling in the long jump. Kallie Jost (sixth) and Grace Pyle (eighth) also took home a medal in the javelin throw. So did Katie Berg in the shot put (eighth), and Rhian Swanson in the high jump (seventh).
On the boys' side, Cody Stufflebean was the highest placer after finishing second in the javelin throw. He also placed sixth in the shot put. Jake Alexander (fifth) and Seth Madron (sixth) made it to the top eight in the high jump, and the 4x100 relay team of Brandon Yowell, Jace Kinnamon, Gage Shook and Sky Schriner finished fourth.
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