FORT MADISON — Matt Rump takes his bodily health severely.
If you end up a bodily schooling instructor within the Fort Madison Faculty District, you had higher be in form.
Once they had been simply three years outdated, Rump would take his twin daughters, Addison and Avery, as much as Richmond Stadium as soon as per week and allow them to run a lap on the monitor.
By the point the twins turned 5, they already had been competing with each other to see who was sooner.
Addison and Avery Rump have not stopped operating — or competing — since.
On Thursday, the Fort Madison Excessive Faculty freshmen placed on fairly a present on their residence cross nation course in entrance of their residence followers. With the Bloodhound cheerleaders readily available at Rodeo Park for the Timm Lamb Invitational, the twins didn’t disappoint.
Avery Rump received the Class A particular person title in 19 minutes, 35.6 seconds. Her older sister by two minutes completed fourth in 21:14.5. With teammate Paetyn Wiegand ending eighth, the Bloodhounds completed second within the workforce race with 51 factors, 20 behind Washington.
With the remainder of this season and three extra years nonetheless forward, the longer term appears brilliant for the Rump twins and Fort Madison cross nation.
“I wish to compete in opposition to her. That is one in every of my favourite issues about being along with her is she will be able to push me and I can push her. We push one another to be our greatest,” mentioned Avery Rump, who’s fifth in Class 3A within the newest rankings. “We argue a little bit bit and we get on one another’s nerves typically like sisters do, however we’re one another’s finest mates.”
“She’s all the time been sooner. She works actually laborious. It is no shock that she is nice,” Addison mentioned of her youthful sister. “She is often manner on the market. She will get on the market as quickly because the gun goes off. I attempt, too.”
On today, Avery Rump used her pent-up nervous power to construct a giant early lead and coast to victory. In her first residence meet, Avery had loads of nerves from the time she awakened till the time she toed the beginning line.
“I used to be actually nervous right now. I have been nervous all day. After I got here to the beginning line I really felt so much calmer than I assumed I might. I made a decision to exit quick, which is one thing that I often do. I began like a whole lot of my races and I believe I stored a fairly good tempo,” Avery mentioned. “Each meet I get tremendous nervous as a result of I wish to meet the expectations which might be place on me because the No. 5 runner within the state, which is loopy to me. I am unable to even fathom it.”
With a month to go till state qualifying meets, the Rump twins have their sights set on ending sturdy, each as people and as a workforce.
“I wish to get to the extent that she is at. She helps push me. She runs with me typically and paces me,” Addison Rump mentioned. “It is nice more often than not. As we become older we develop nearer and nearer collectively, so I really feel like that is actually enjoyable.”
“That may be a giant second for each of our lives,” Avery mentioned of the opportunity of qualifying for state along with her sister. “I might be so excited to do it along with her and share that have along with her.”
Gourley off to scorching begin, too
To not be outdone, Danville-New London freshman Alaina Gourley is making fairly a reputation for herself on a statewide foundation.
Gourley, who’s ranked twentieth in Class 1A, received the Class AA race in 20:20.4 and was second general behind Avery Rump.
Gourley comes from a operating household. Her father, Lucas Gourley, is the pinnacle coach of the Bears’ ladies and boys cross nation workforce. Her older brother, Gabriel, helped Danville-New London win the Class 2A workforce title in 2020 and is a sophomore on the Central Faculty males’s cross nation workforce this fall.
Alaina Gourley has a giant title to stay as much as, however she is exhibiting early indicators that she would possibly simply be the very best of the bunch earlier than all is claimed and accomplished.
“He is been my coach since I used to be 5, so it is actually enjoyable,” Alaina mentioned of her father. “It is actually cool that I get to hold on that legacy of runners in our household.”
Gourley’s teammate, junior Kamryn Sherwood, completed second in 21:51.4, whereas freshman Ava Ourth was tenth in 23:56.2.
The Bears received the Class AA workforce title with 43 factors, 23 higher than runner-up Clark County.
Whereas Gourley is a freshman and has been the Bears’ high runner all season, she credit her older teammates with serving to to speed up her studying curve on the varsity degree.
“There’s principally upperclassmen, so that they’re form of main me. They offer me a whole lot of ideas and methods throughout the race,” Gourley mentioned. ” begin. get on the market and how you can end.”
ND-WB’s Augustine is again
Notre Dame-West Burlington junior Hadley Augustine has had an inauspicious begin to the season.
Coming off an up and down sophomore yr during which she stored passing out at or close to the end of races, ND-WB head coach Ryan Ritter has taken a cautious strategy with Augustine this season.
Augustine made her return at Fort Madison, ending seventh in Class AA in 23:10.2. Teammate Hannah Fruehling completed third, whereas Kennedy Ritter was tenth.
As an alternative of making an attempt to run with the leaders, Augustine held again in a path pack, operating a snug tempo.
That helped ease a few of the stress off Augustine and put the enjoyable again in operating for the primary time in virtually two years.
“I wasn’t making an attempt to push too laborious right now,” Augustine mentioned. “To be trustworthy it would not really feel that completely different. It is enjoyable regardless of the place we’re at. I wish to be a little bit farther again. Simply placing the enjoyable again into it and never a lot stress.”
1. Washington, 31; 2. Fort Madison, 51; 3. Mount Nice, 88; 4. Fairfield, 105; 5. Muscatine, 106; 6. Keokuk, 142.
High 10 people
1. Avery Rump (FM), 19:35.6; 2. Iris Dahl (W), 20:24.6; 3. Quincy Griffis (W), 21:05.2; 4. Addison Rump (FM), 21:14.5; 5. Emma Welcher (MP), 21:41.0; 6. Belle Meador (MP), 21:47.9; 7. Lauren Horak (W), 21:49.2; 8. Paetyn Wiegand (FM), 21:49.4; 9. Alyvia Anderson (W), 21:49.6; 10. Angeline Anderson (W), 21:49.8
1. Danville-New London, 43; 2. Clark County (Mo.), 66; 3. Columbus, 82; 4. Mediapolis, 86; 5. Notre Dame-West Burlington, 90; 6. Louisa-Muscatine, 131.
High 10 people
1. Alaina Gourley (D-NL), 20:20.4; 2. Kamryn Sherwood (D-NL), 21:51.4; 3. Hannah Fruehling (ND-WB), 22:02.6; 4. Cady St. Clair (CC), 22:38.3; 5. Rylee Phillips (Van Buren County), 22:49.5; 6. Trinity Little (CC), 23:00.2; 7. Hadley Augustine (ND-WB), 23:10.2; 8. Ariana Vergara (Col.), 23:31.8; 9. Ava Ourth (D-NL), 23:56.2; 10. Kennedy Ritter (ND-WB), 24:06.7.
Matt Levins is a sports activities reporter for the USA Right this moment Community in Burlington, Iowa, who has lined native sports activities for 32 years at The Hawk Eye. Attain him at [email protected]
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