Distance Events Take Center Stage On Thursday Night At The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee

first_img Thursday Results (PDF) Thursday Interviews Story Links Thursday Results (HTML) Thursday Notes Thursday Photos DES MOINES, Iowa – The 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee continued on Thursday with the resumption of the heptathlon and decathlon while competition got underway with high school and university/college division competition. The day closed with the annual Distance Carnival.To start the day, Heather Miller Koch became the eighth athlete to repeat as the heptathlon champion at the Drake Relays as the Columbus, Wis., native won her second-straight heptathlon with a score of 5,796 points. Miller Koch, who was competing unattached, won four of the seven events (high jump, shot put, 200 and 800) and was runner-up in the other three (100 hurdles, long jump and javelin). Doane’s Kale Wolken won the decathlon with 7,504 points.On the track, Minnesota claimed its seventh women’s 4×1600 relay title and its first since 2011 in 19:21.71 as Kaila Urick, Haley Johnson, Taylor Mikkalson, Madeline Strandemo won the event by more than 18 seconds..The Golden Gophers also won 4×1600 titles in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Fellow Big Ten school Wisconsin won its seventh men’s 4×1600 relay as the quartet of Cooper Barth, McKena Ramos, Joe Hardy and Austin Mudd led the Badgers to the title in 16:39.51. It marked Wisconsin’s 50th Drake Relays title on the men’s side, which is tied for the 10th most in Drake Relays history with Oklahoma.In afternoon high school action, Pleasant Valley’s McKenzie Yanek denied Linn-Mar’s Stephanie Jenks of her fourth 3,000 meters title as Yanek claimed her first title on the Blue Oval in 9:35.98. Her time ranks third in Drake Relays history and is the second-fastest time in the country this season. Jenks finished second in 9:49.13 and looks to win her Drake Relays record ninth career title on Friday in the 800 meters.Karson Sommer of Pleasant Valley won the high school boys 3,200 meters in 9:13.98, which is the best mark of the season in the state and more than 17 seconds faster than his season-best time. Sommer and Yanek helped Pleasant Valley become the first school since 2001 to sweep the girls 3,000 meters and boys 3200 meters as Iowa City West accomplished the feat in 2001 while Fort Madison also pulled off the sweep in 1998.High school field event action was highlighted by Clinton’s Erika Hammond edging three-time discus champion Kiana Phelps of Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central to win the girls shot put. Hammond threw 47-10 3/4, just three-fourths of an inch farther than Phelps. Phelps had the best throw coming in at 48-10. She’ll try to become just the second athlete to win four titles in the girls discus at the Relays on Friday.The Distance Carnival saw Iowa State’s Bethanie Brown win the women’s 5,000 meters in 16:25.19, to become the third Cyclone to win the event. Lisa Koll won the 5,000 title in 2008 while Peg Neppel won the first women’s 5,000 at the Drake Relays in 1976. Texas Tech’s Evans Tuitoek and Benard Keter went 1-2 in the men’s 5,000 meters, as Tuitoek finished in 13:58.56 while Keter clocked in at 13:58.80. Tuitoek became the first Texas Tech runner to win the men’s 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays and the first Big 12 athlete to win the event since 1998. The pair edged out Drake’s Reed Fischer in third. The junior recorded a personal best of 14:00.28, just .03 off the school-record pace.Action resumes on Friday at the Blue Oval with high school preliminary action starting at 8 a.m. At 5 p.m., Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays begins with three Rio Olympic Games Preview events on the docket with some of the top track and field talen in teh world set to entertain the Drake Stadium crowd. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more