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DES MOINES – Gable Sieperda won a pair of Drake Relay titles three weeks ago and decided he needed to change things up because the distance triple eluded him.

“I just tried to take my mind off of running if that makes sense,” said Sieperda, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at Drake and finished sixth in the 800. “Up before Drake I consumed my life with it and I never stopped thinking about it. You can do that but it is a little unhealthy, so I tried going out with my friends more, I tried being a stinking kid because I haven’t really my entire life, and I think I was missing a little balance.”

The change appears to have done nothing but help the Central Lyon senior as he reset the Class 1A state record in the 3,200 meters he set at last year’s state meet by winning in 9:09.60 on the opening day of the Iowa State Track and Field Championship at Drake Stadium Thursday. That was more than 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Brycen Wallace of Nodaway Valley.

“I had to bring a little extra this year and I think it is the first time I have ever smiled before a race,” he said. “I am enjoying it and just soaking it all in.

“A lot of it is just mentally visualization, mental ability, just telling yourself you are going to fricken do it and going out there and doing it. Drake was my goal and I didn’t get the job done. I took three weeks and changed it up because it didn’t work. I ran two seconds faster and I am happy with that.”

His fastest time entering state was 9:11.17 as he is now a three-time champion in the event also winning as a freshman and a junior.

Sieperda came back to take eighth in the 400 running 51.85 later in the day. He will still have a chance to complete the distance triple with the 800 and 1,600 still to come this weekend.

Central Lyon sits in third place with 13 points sitting behind leader Council Bluffs St. Albert with 21 and Hudson with 20.

Harris-Lake Park sophomore Edgar Tapia went from not qualifying a year ago to take fourth in the 400 in a time of 51.56.

“It was just amazing coming down here at first because I missed my chance coming here last year. To come here is just an honor,” he said. “(Finishing second in section) is just amazing. It was just heart and that mindset of never giving up.”

Newell-Fonda freshman Maggie Walker took fourth in the 400 as she ran 59.52 while Sioux Central’s Regan Sylvester was seventh in 1:00.07.

West Monona’s Josh Heather took runner-up honors in the long jump going 20 feet, 11.75 inches. North Linn’s Ryan Miller was the champion at 22 feet, 3.75 inches. Central Lyon’s Parker Metzger finished seventh in the shot put throwing 49-2.5.

Central Lyon’s sophomore Farrah Lewis claimed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 35-8.25 while West Monona’s Lexi Lander took seventh in 33-11.75.

Akron-Westfield’s Shaylee Siebens qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200 dashes. Siouxland put a pair of runners into the finals of the boys 100 as West Monona’s Dawson Richardson qualified fifth and the Westerners’ Leighton Blake was seventh.

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