The Drake Relays, hosted every season at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, is one of the premier track and field events in the country. Middle school athletes, high school athletes, collegiate athletes and even professional athletes compete at the event.
Many students from Dallas County high schools got the chance to compete on the Blue Oval at Drake Stadium on April 23-27.
Waukee had many competitors in both male and female competitions who made it to the Drake Relays. The Warriors took home two boys titles as the 4x110 shuttle hurdle team got first place along with the 4x200 meter relay team consisting of Nihad Ejubovic, AJ Allen, Trevor Allen, and Corbin Lowe. They finished their race in 1:27.81.
The Warriors’ 4x100 meter relay team got second place behind Iowa City High, finishing just 0.2 seconds behind them. Waukee’s Ryan Tunink got 10th place overall in the 3200 meter run.
The Warriors had two runners in the 100 meter high hurdles event. Jared and Josh Brdicko competed in the event and Jared got third place while Josh got eighth. The Warriors’ 4x800 meter relay team got sixth place while the 4x400 meter relay team got third andAustin Krohnke got fifth place in the 800 meter run.
The girls also had many competitors, and while none of them were able to take home a title, many of them achieved high finishes. Erin Bramble of Waukee got second place in the discus throw with a distance of 140-02 feet.
Talia Buss got second place in the 100 meter dash while Erika Lewis got eighth place in the 800 meter dash. Lewis also got fourth place overall in the 400 meter hurdles.
The girls’ shuttle hurdle relay team got second overall while the 4x100 meter relay team got fourth place. The Warrior girls also got third in the 4x200 meter relay, eighth in the 4x400 meter relay and seventh in the sprint medley relay.
Kari Dufoe had a strong showing for the Tigers at the Drake Relays. She finished in third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.37 seconds while also helping the 4x400 meter relay team to a sixth place finish in the finals. The 4x400 meter relay team also consisted of Torrie Hook, Regan Engleman and Brianna Mueller.
Jesse Bennett, who got back from an injury just in time for the Relays, got 21st overall in the boys’ shot put with a distance of 45-06.75 feet.
Mueller took 15th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:21.28.
The Dallas Center-Grimes track team qualified for six events. Of those six events, Madison Waymire was a part of two of them for the Fillies.
Waymire got 10th in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:47.68 and 12th in the 3000 meter run with a time of 10:25.45. The boys’ 4x100 meter relay team of Noah Weeks, Austin Kloewer, Andrew Kramer and Chaz Chambers competed at the Drake Relays but weren’t able to qualify for the finals.
Reese Iversen of DC-G got sixth overall in the high jump with a height of 6-05. The girls’ 4x100 meter relay team of Brooke Kramer, Maci Masching, Bailey Norland and Kaitlin Wenell competed at Drake but weren’t able to make the finals.
The Fillies’ shuttle hurdle team competed but was disqualified.
Van Meter had just one runner qualify for the Drake Relays. Brennan Dostal was that one runner and is currently ranked No. 17 in the state for 100 meter dash.
At the Relays, he took 21st overall in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.60 seconds, 0.54 seconds behind his best time of the season.
Like Van Meter, Woodward-Granger sent just one competitor to the Drake Relays. Abby Musser is currently the No. 20 100 meter hurdler in the state.
In the 100 meter hurdles at the Relays, Musser took 17th with a time of 16.16 seconds, 0.21 seconds behind her best time of the season.