DES MOINES – Madison Harms has been progressing as she has moved the high jump bar up with continued success.
Thursday at the Class 3A State Track and Field Championships in Des Moines the Sergeant Bluff-Luton junior used efficiency to claim her state title.
Harms cleared 5-feet-6 inches on her second attempt and won the high jump state title over Keokuk’s Miracle Ailes, who needed an extra attempt to clear 5-6.
“We practice a lot so being able to come down here and perform well was just huge for me,” said Harms, who took third at state a year ago when she also cleared 5-6. “It just felt amazing to know that I made it so if the other girl made it I still had a chance to jump at a higher height.”
Both jumpers missed on all three attempts at 5-7, which his Harms’ personal best.
“I have worked hard every single year, and to be able to get better steadily is an amazing feeling.” said Harms, who finished seventh at the Drake Relays earlier this season clearing 5-4. “It is so fun when (teammate Anna Lucas and Harms) are able to jump together because we keep everything light and fun. It is really competitive, but it is nice to have someone out there that you know.”
Bishop Heelan junior Madison Jochum was looking to move up from her runner-up spot in the 400 that she took as a sophomore. Jochum ran a strong opening 200 meters and was with Davenport Assumption’s Carly King down the homestretch, but King pulled away to win in 56.09.
Jochum finished second in 56.50, her best time of the year, after she clipped King at the line a year ago.
“It was really fun and she is really good competition and pushes me in every race,” said Jochum. “It is an honor to compete against her and she has made it a really fun year. My first 200 felt really good and then I knew it was going to be hard to keep pushing and I did as much as I could.”
The Warriors’ Ty Boekelman, who has helped lead SB-L’s 4x400 relay team to two straight state titles, was looking for the individual title in the open 400. The senior, who took third at state a year ago, finished as the runner-up to Glenwood’s Nate Kennedy in 49.09, his fastest open 400 of the season.
Teammate Britton Delperdang finished fifth in 49.54 to improve on last year’s seventh-place showing as the Warriors showed they will be a handful in the relay yet again.
Running the 3,000 for just the second time this season, Bishop Heelan’s Amber Aesoph took fourth place in a time of 10:44.49.
Spencer’s foursome of Abby Weeks, Jenna Morey, Jenna Dirkx and Morgan Roberts took the runner-up spot in the 4x800 in 9:50.09. Le Mars was seventh in the race.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton sophomore Jorma Schwedler qualified for the finals in both the 200 and the 100, where he is the top overall seed running a 10.93, his fastest time of the season.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s Meghan Hettinga took fourth in the discus while Bishop Heelan’s duo of Brooklyn Cougill and Nicole Jacobson went sixth and seventh, respectively.