Bauer sets new state record in 1,600
Riley Bauer of North Union concluded a great weekend of events at the Class 1A state track meet in Des Moines by breaking a state record in the 1,600-meter run as the junior repeated as the state champion with his winning time of 4:18.73, breaking a record set by Paul Barnhardt of LeMars Gehlen way back in 1986 in a time of 4:20.35.
Bauer took the lead with about 600-meters to go and held off a challenge from Central Lyon’s Gable Sierperda with 100 meters to go that concluded a great weekend for the Warrior boys’ track squad, which finished in eighth place in the team race with a team total of 26 points.
“I wanted to repeat really bad in the 1,600 meters,” said Bauer after setting the new Class 1A record. “Gable beat me in the 3,200 on Thursday so I wanted to show him what I had today.
“We have a rivalry between the two of us as we have been running against each other for three years down here and at cross-country meets. I watch his times during the year and he watches mine because we know we will compete against each other down here.
“I wanted to run under 4:20 coming in today and I hoped that would be good enough to place first. I am very happy with my time today and it is going to be a really fun ride home with my teammates as we had a great weekend down here by placing in the top eight teams.”
For more on this story, please see the May 25 issue of the Kossuth County Advance.