Kip Janvrin cruised through the 15-hundred meter run to finish off his ninth straight Drake Relays decathlon title in rainy conditions Thursday. He says he thought about pushing the race to score more points, but since he had a good lead, he decided to just take in the moment.The Panora native upped his record for decathlon wins at Drake to 14. He beat out another Panora native, Travis Geopfert, with seven-thousand-789 points. Geopfert is an assistant coach for Janvrin at Central Missouri State. He was asked if it’s getting old to win so much. He says winning never gets old and he enjoys being around the young guys and seeing them develop. He says coming back to the relays is a chance to come home. Janvrin was asked how much longer he’ll compete. He says he doesn’t know as he had some events that went really well and he had fun competing.The weather forced the high school high jump inside, where Jaron Van Maanen from Lynnville-Sully overcame two misses at six-feet-six inches to clear seven feet and win a Drake title. He said he was nervous after the fist two misses.Vam Maanen had cleared seven feet two inches at a meet earlier this week, the second best of all-time in Iowa, and says he wanted to come out and prove he could clear the seven foot mark again.He has qualified for the 110 high hurdles and the long jump too, and says the first title gives him momentum.
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