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DES MOINES — Jovonte Squiers had one request for his teammates.
Respect his superstitions and don’t openly discuss what was at stake.
Lone Tree’s defending long jump champion didn’t want to get ahead of himself and asked everybody else to help that effort.
“If they said something, I had them knock on wood,” Squiers said. “During school people would bring it up and I would just kind of shrug it off, ‘We’ll see, we’ll see.’”
Lone Tree won’t have to be knocking on wood anymore. Squiers won his second straight Class 1A long jump championship at the state track and field meet Thursday at Drake Stadium, jumping 21 feet, 7.75 inches. He is the only two-time long jump champion in Lone Tree history.
Squiers, a four-time state placewinner, entered the day as the second seed, which he said helped calm some of the nerves and superstition he was feeling before. He could jump free and with a clear mind, just like he loved to do as a youngster.
“This is what I like to do. I like to long jump,” Squiers, a senior, said. “It’s going to be sad leaving, but I had my time and it’s somebody else’s time now.”
Sigourney’s Avery Moore edged the Lisbon duo of Blake Langhurst and Jack Butteris in the 400-meter dash, winning in 49.19. Langhurst and Butteris finished second and third in 49.33 and 49.89, respectively.
Moore said he did some homework entering the state meet. Langhurst and Butteris both get out of the blocks quick, and being slotted in lane three would give Moore the opportunity to get out quick, too. Everything after that was all about guts.
“In lane three, I’m chasing the whole way and that way I just get that stagger and have somebody to run with,” Moore said. “I’m not out in front, I’m a little more pressured and it’s just a little more of a competitive race in lane three I think.”
Lisbon ran to a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter relay, clocking in at 8:12.64. Pekin won in 7:58.63, a state record. Central Lyon’s Gable Sieperda won the 3,200-meter run in a state record time 9:15.30.
The Lions lead the team race with 22 points, followed by Ackley AGWSR (21).
STATE TRACK & FIELD: CLASS 1A BOYS
Teams (through five events) — 1. Lisbon, 22; 2. AGWSR, 21; 3. Pekin, 17; 4. Hudson, 16; 5. Central Lyon, 10; 6. Lone Tree, 10; 7. Sigourney, 10; 8. North Union, 8; 9. West Sioux, Hawarden, 8; 10. Earlham, 7
Results (top 3, plus area)
Shot put — 1. Caleb Meinders (AGWSR), 55-03; 2. Dawson Ellingson (Hudson), 54-08.50; 3. Nathan Karsjens (AGWSR), 54-04.00
Long jump — 1. Jovonte Squiers (Lone Tree), 21-07.75; 2. Jake Lynott (West Sioux, Hawarden), 20-09.50; 3. JaCoy Yeakel (West Hancock), 20-03.00; 7. Brett Givens (Lisbon), 19-10.50
3,200 — 1. Gable Sieperda (Central Lyon), 9:15.30* (state record); 2. Riley Bauer (North Union), 9:29.85; 3. Ryan Millikin (Pekin), 9:50.24; 5. Jacob Wessel (Edgewood-Colesburg), 9:53.76
3,200 relay — 1. Pekin (Eckley, Roth, Wittrock, Millikin), 7:58.63* (state record); 2. Hudson, 8:09.82; 3. Lisbon, 8:12.64; 5. North Linn, 8:18.15
400 — 1. Avery Moore (Sigourney), 49.19; 2. Blake Langhurst (Lisbon), 49.33; 3. Jack Butteris (Lisbon), 49.89
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