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Dueling on the Blue Oval

Bauer medals in four events; sets record in 800

May 23, 2018
Estherville News

DES MOINES - North Union's Riley Bauer and Central Lyon's Gable Sieperda put on a show in the four longest open races in Class 1A of the 2018 Iowa State Track and Field Co-ed Meet this past week.

Bauer's highlight came in the 800-meter run Saturday morning, when he burst past Sieperda in the final 100 meters of that race to set the 1A record in that event. His time of 1 minute, 52.10 seconds ended up being the fast 800-meter race in any class for the 2018 meet. Beau Dielschneider of BCLUW set the previous 1A record in 2017 in 2007. Sieperda also beat that mark finishing in 1:53.58. Only four other 1A runners completed the race in less than 2 minutes.

Including his 800-meter title, Bauer finished his final run at the state meet with four medals

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Bauer and Sieperda, who competed in four races together at this year's state meet, met for the final time Saturday afternoon in the 1600 after a thunderstorm delay.

The two-time champion in the 1A 1600, Bauer could not defend his title this year. Sieperda won in a 1A record-setting time of 4:13.78. That beat Bauer's time of a year ago, which was 4:18.943. Bauer still finished in second with a time of 4:23.74.

On Thursday, Sieperda also dominated the 3200-meter run with a record setting time of 9:09.60 while Bauer finished third behind Nodaway Valley senior Brycen Wallace. Wallace finished in 9:30.57 while Bauer clocked in at 9:33.72.

Both Bauer and Sieperda competed in the 400-meter dash Thursday afternoon. Neither would finish as high in the standings. Bauer entered that race with the best qualifying time of 50.21, but he finished in 51.60 to place sixth while Sieperda finished eighth in 51.85. Tyler Blaha of St. Albert, Council Bluff won that event in 50.33 seconds.

North Union finished sixth overall in the Class 1A team standings with 32 points.

Hagebock finishes fourth in high jump

Junior Elliott Hagebock added a fourth-place medal in Friday's 1A high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 1 inch.

On Thursday, senior Derek Thompson competed in the 100-meter dash preliminaries and finished 22nd in 12.05 seconds.

The Warriors' 4x200-meter relay team of Thompson, Hagebock, sophomore Brendon Anderson and senior Blake Crawmer placed 21st in 1:35.07.

Steinberger 11th

in high jump

North Union's lone representative from the girls' team, sophomore Hope Steinberger, placed 11th in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 11 inches. In Class 1A, four competitors leaped 5 feet, 3 inches with West Fork winning the title, as she completed that jump with her first attempt.



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