DES MOINES – Gable Sieperda was upset.
He had lost the 800 meters in the final down the homestretch in the morning on the final day of the Iowa State Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Then came a two-plus hour rain delay, but when he got back on the track the Central Lyon senior did an impressive job of washing that result away as best he could.
Sieperda won his final high school state race, the 1,600, in a record time of 4:13.78 breaking the mark of North Union’s Riley Bauer. Bauer, who beat Sieperda in the 800, set the state record last year at 4:18.43, but he could not keep up with the pace Sieperda set in his final four trips around the Blue Oval.
“You always think you have a plan and God thinks otherwise, right?” said Sieperda, who was thinking about the one race that got away more than the one he just won. “I am not really sure why I can’t get the job done like I want to. … I just had to refocus my mind and move on. I wanted to come out here and make sure I put my best self out there.”
Sieperda concludes his prep career with five state titles including a third win in the 3,200 on Thursday when he reset his own state record.
Sieperda, who will run at Iowa State in the fall, finished second to Bauer in the 800 in a blazing-fast finish as both Bauer and Sieperda broke the 1A state record of 1:54.04. Bauer won in 1:52.10 while Sieperda crossed in 1:53.58.
“I am not going to lie I was hurting for an hour, I was hurting (in my heart),” he said. “I have so many people around me (telling me) ‘that is not how things are going to end for you.’
“Last year I left this place and ran three miles that way. I don’t know where I was but it was not a good place. I probably am not going to do that this year. I am going to give my family a big hug.”
The Central Lyon boys finished on the podium for the second straight year tying for third with 36 points.
Sioux Central’s shuttle hurdle relay team of Dannielle Boettcher, Makayla Nims, Kally Fahnlander and Erin Strohmeyer finished third in 1:09.73.
Akron-Westfield’s Shaylee Siebens finished fourth in the 100 in 12.74 while the Westerners’ Leighton Blake was sixth on the boys’ side in 11.33. West Monona’s Dawson Richardson was the top Siouxland finisher in the 100 for the boys taking sixth in 11.26. Siebens came back to finish sixth in the 200 (26.25).
West Monona’s 4x100 relay quartet of Richardson, Josh Heather, Gage Rotnicke and Calvin Coffman took third in 44.08. Central Lyon’s 4x400 relay team of Kiley Metzger, Makayla Witt, Callie Yeakel and Elle Petersen finished sixth in a time of 4:11.36.
Newell-Fonda freshman Bailey Sievers went out fast to start and came home in fifth place in the 800 in 2:21.73.
“It is always my strategy, my coaches always want me to get out in that first lap and take it to them,” Sievers said. “I wasn’t really expecting that many awesome girls to be competing against me but it was really awesome.”