After a week full of competition, the last day of the Drake Relays has arrived. And, boy, is he preparing to be a good one.
The Drake Relays have been running all week, but really picked up steam on Thursday, with high school events and carnival at a distance. Friday was a huge day at the Blue Oval where high school, college and professional runners took to the track to compete.
Saturday will have a bit of everything for fans, from high school kids opening and closing competition to college and professional athletes showing off their skills.
Sioux City North records 12th fastest relay time
The North Stars finished the morning session with a time of 7:48.21 in the men’s 4×800 relay. The group of Yemane Kifle, Natnael Kifle, William Lohr and Gabe Nash led the pack for the duration of the race and were within three seconds of the all-time Drake Relays record. Over time, the North Stars have gone from not being on the all-time best list to holding the 12th fastest time in relay history.
Dubuque Hempstead wins first high school final of the day
The 4×800 meter relay team of Camdyn Kay, Julia Gehl, Keelee Leitzen and Brooke O’Brien came from behind to claim the relay title in 9:22.28. It was all Cedar Rapids Prairie in the first half, but other teams cut into the Hawks’ lead. Prairie was second and Solon is third.
Quick recap of Friday’s events
Friday was definitely a big day at the Drake Relays, and athletes from high school to pro did more than show up in the rain.
Isaac Basten of Drake broke a 41-year drought by winning the university’s first 1,500-meter relay title since 1981. With a time of 3:39.11, he became the fourth Bulldog to win the race on his home track.
Ankeny senior Tyrese Miller set his own relay record. He finished second in the men’s 400 meters last season, but this year he came to win it all…and he did it in style. Miller won the title and set a Drake Relays record with a time of 47.91 seconds.
Northern Iowa alumnus Jessica Heims set a Paralympic world record in the F64 discus classification with a throw of 37.28. Fun fact, this isn’t the first time she’s broken the world record. Heims did it in 2019, as a second year at UNI.