Rump, Smith, Klein shine on final day in Des Moines

Smith takes 6th in open 800, Rump 7th in 3000; Klein 2nd in wheelchair shot


DES MOINES – The Fort Madison boys and girls track teams finished on a better note Saturday at the IGHSAU/IAHSAA State High School Track and Field meet at Drake Stadium.
Sophomores Avery Rump and Mara Smith scored five of the Hounds' nine points on Saturday’s final day of the meet.
Smith finished 6th in the open 800. The Lady Hound had a stellar year, regularly pulling seconds off her time, including her 800 legs in the distance medley and the 4x800 relay teams.
Her 2:19.43 on Saturday was a full six seconds better than her previous best time. Smith said after sectionals that having people in front of her helps her time, but she also has learned to run through the pain.
Avery Rump raced to a 4:52.96 in the 1500 on Saturday, good enough for 7th place in the state. She shaved a half second off her season-best 4:53.51 at the Brookhart-Crew relays in Fairfield on April 29 and now has the 35th fastest time in the state. Rump also took a top 5 in the 3000-meter run on Thursday where she set another personal best. Rump also progressed throughout the year, taking chunks off her times in the 1500 and 3000, and pulling strong legs on the distance relay teams.
Marissa Ferebee of Pella won the 1500 Saturday with a 4:31.48 which is 23rd best in the country and third best in the state on the season.
Probably the busiest athlete on the track Saturday was Fort Madison’s Brandon Klein who participated in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter wheelchair races and the wheelchair shotput.
Klein took 2nd out of an 8-team field in the shotput with a 17’9.75” heave. He finished 7th in the 100-wheelchair with a 30.91, 7th in the 400-meter race with a 1:53.48 which was a personal best on the season, and he finished 8th in the 200-meter with a 1:03.67.
The Bloodhound boys finished 30th overall with four points on Kenden Bowie’s 5th place finish in the high jump Thursday.
The Lady Hounds finished 28th overall with nine points on Rump's two top-seven finishes and Smith’s top six.

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