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Warriors aim high at this week’s Drake Relays

Haley Manning of Woodward-Granger, shown during the 2012 state meet, qualified in the 800-meter run for this week's Drake Relays.
Haley Manning of Woodward-Granger, shown during the 2012 state meet, qualified in the 800-meter run for this week's Drake Relays.
Mallory Smith of Waukee runs a leg of the shuttle hurdle relay at the 2012 state meet. The Warriors this week return to Drake Stadium with 12 Drake Relays qualifiers, including the shuttle hurdle.
Mallory Smith of Waukee runs a leg of the shuttle hurdle relay at the 2012 state meet. The Warriors this week return to Drake Stadium with 12 Drake Relays qualifiers, including the shuttle hurdle.

The Waukee girls’ track team will take 12 qualifiers into this week’s Drake Relays, the high school portion of which begins on Thursday at Drake Stadium.

The Warriors qualified in all relay events — the 4x100-meter relay, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, sprint medley and shuttle hurdle — and have three qualifiers in the 100 hurdles in Mallory Smith, Emma Drees and Maddie Rouw.

Rouw, the defending state 4A high jump champion, also qualified in that event. Talia Buss will compete in the 100 and Erin Bramble, a Relays qualifier a year ago in the discus, is back in the field again.

A-D-M qualified in four events: the 4x100, 4200 and 4x400, as well as the 100, in which Kari Dufoe has posted the third-fastest time, 12.65 seconds, in Class 3A this season.

Dallas Center-Grimes qualified in the 4x100 and 4x200, and Woodward-Granger will be represented in the 800 by senior Haley Manning.

The Waukee boys also came away with 12 qualifiers, including the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, distance medley and shuttle hurdle teams. Among the team’s individual entrants, Austin Krohnke will run in the 800, Connor Simmons in the 1,600, and Noah Larrison in boh the 110 high hurdles and 400 hurdles. Tyler Hunke made the long jump field, as did Ross Reynolds in the discus.

A-D-M’s 4x100 team also qualified, as did Dallas Center-Grimes’ Reese Iversen in the long jump. Iversen, a senior, cleared the bar at 6 feet, 7 inches during a meet at Waukee in March. It is the third highest jump in the state this season.

The high school competition begins Thursday at 3 p.m. with the girls’ discus and long jump and boys’ high jump and shot put. A full slate of events is schedule for Friday, beginning with the girls’ 100 hurdles at 8 a.m.

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