DES MOINES — Lisbon freshman Conner Smock and Tipton senior Eric Thien gave Eastern Iowa a small-school sweep in the 3,200-meter run Thursday at the state track meet.
Smock took the lead on the fifth lap and held on to win the Class 1A title, finishing in 9 minutes, 47.25 seconds. Thien led more than six laps of the eight-lap event to win the Class 2A crown in 9:33.34.
Thien also won the Class 2A state cross-country title last fall, a feat that was on his mind during the race.
“I was like, ‘Senior year, you’re going for the sweep,'” Thien said. “That’s all I was thinking about the last two laps. I got it.
“I wanted to get out into the lead sooner, but they were just like rabbits. I was like, ‘OK, and I’ll just pass them on the front stretch of the way.'”
Iowa City Regina senior Nick Synan finished fourth in 9:54.55. Thien, who will run at South Dakota, finished third last year in the same event.
In the 1A race, Smock took the lead on the fifth lap and held on to win his title.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to win or not,” Smock said. “I just wanted to draft off some people and see if I could take it, and see if I could keep it to the end.”
Montezuma senior Mason Tompkins won the Class 1A long jump, leaping 22 feet, 3.75 inches, one inch farther than New London’s Ridge Hobbs. Turkey Valley junior Brad Winter placed third in the long jump (21-1). Alburnett freshman Kollin Burns finished second in the 400 in 50.62.
Central Point-Urbana senior Malcolm Handford-Brown finished third in the Class 2A long jump at 21-1 1/4. Mid-Prairie’s 4×800 relay team finished second in 8:00.54, less than 3 seconds behind winner Fort Dodge St. Edmond. West Liberty junior Ty Nortman finished third in the Class 2A 400 in 49.68.