MVAOCOU Rams qualified five events for the Iowa State Track and Field Meet to be held in Des Moines at Drake Stadium May 16-18. The Rams will compete in Class 2A.

Senior Ely Fundermann will compete in the shot put on Thursday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. He placed third at the State Qualifying Meet with a throw of 50 feet. He enters the State Meet with the ninth best qualifying throw.

The boys 4x800 meter relay team of senior Cameron O’Connell and juniors Kolby Nutt, Weston Beeson, and Dylan Blake will also compete on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. They placed second at the qualifying meet with a time of 8:27.76. They enter with the 16th fastest time.

For the girls, junior Ellen Mallory will compete in the discus at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17. Mallory qualified for State on her last throw at the State Qualifying Meet. Her final throw of 104 feet 6 inches was one inch better then Stella Umphreys of Treynor (104 feet 5 inches) as Mallory placed second to advance.

Dylan Blake will conclude the State Meet for the Rams on Saturday, May 18, as he will compete in the 800 meter run at 11:10 a.m. and the 1600 meter run at 2:15 p.m. He finished second in the 800 at the State Qualifying meet in 2:00.24 and was third in the 1600 with a time of 4:38.66.

Blake faced some tough competition at the Qualifying Meet. Five of the top six runners in the Class 2A 800 field at the State Meet are from the Ida Grove Regional.

Blake enters State with the second fastest time in the 800 and enters 10th in the 1600.

See complete results from the State Track and Field Meet in next week’s Mapleton Press.

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