Day two of the Drake Relays 2018 edition has officially concluded and here are the final day two results for Dallas County area participants.
*Boys’ shot put:
Waukee’s Kyle Sorensen came into the Drake Relays with the 17th best mark in the state at 53 feet, five inches. Sorensen left the Drake Relays with the 17th best toss but coming in three feet shorter at 50 feet even.
*Girls’ discus throw:
After claiming runner up status in the shot put on Thursday, Waukee girls’ track and field star Kat Moody was looking to make a splash in the girls discus event. Moody’s mark of 130 feet, ten inches placed her seventh in the state entering the Drake Relays. After all was said and done, the senior came in 11th place out of 23 individuals with a mark of 119 feet, three inches set in her second toss of the event. After the event Moody talked about both her discus and shot put performances.
“It’s always great to be at the Drake Relays,” started Moody. “I hurt my hand a little before the Drake Relays started and although I didn’t place exactly where I wanted to in both events, I still feel very happy about how I preformed. Only so many people get to participate from across the state and I was able to in two different events.”
*Girls’ long jump:
Out of all the area girls long jump athletes, Sarah Frett of Dallas Center-Grimes was the representation. Out of a field of 23 athletes, Frett put up a performance worthy of a 13th place finish thanks to her time of 17 feet, .25 inches. Frett’s season best time which gained her entrance into the Drake Relays still sits at 17 feet, seven inches.
*Boys’ high jump:
Within the vertical planes of the boys high school high jump, the Waukee Warriors had two individuals who punched their tickets to the blue oval in Wilson Lenerz and Owen Minshell. Lerenz punched his ticket to the blue oval with a mark of six feet, four inches but within the Drake Relays, the senior put up a mark of six feet, one inch placing him in a two way tie for 16th overall. A top mark for Owen Minshall’s high school career has been the six foot, seven inch mark that landed him in the Drake Relays to begin with. The fellow senior matched that very mark in what was his final successful set of jumps placing him third overall. The current long standing record in the event is seven feet, three inches set back in 1981.
*Girls’ 800 meter medley:
There were two area teams in action in the 800 meter medley including Waukee and A-D-M. For the A-D-M Tigers, their tickets to the blue oval came courtesy of the 24th best time in the state at 1:51.84. While competing in the relays the team of Josi Lonneman, Keaton Kester, Anna Kenny, and Sadie Juergens came in 19th place with a time of 1:52.88.
As for the Waukee Warriors, the team of Delaney Taylor, Emma Schossow, Elma Vojic, and Lily Campbell entered the Drake Relays courtesy of 1:48.40 and on one of the biggest of stages, the shaved a few seconds off in finals clocking in at 1:46.51 placing them in third overall.
*Boys’ 1600 meter medley:
The only Dallas County team representing in the 1600 boys’ medley relay was the Waukee team of Tyrese Moore, Zachary Eaton, Sam Yeaway, and Ahren Reitsma. The group finished seventh in the field of 24 with a time of 3:34.96 and finished just four seconds off the first place team.
Girls’ 100 meter hurdles:
Most likely the biggest highlight of the day involved the girls’ 100 meter hurdles final and Waukee track star Sydney Winger. After announcing her future with the University of Iowa track and field team earlier this season, Winger put up the state’s best time in the 100 meter hurdles at 14.26 seconds. The senior then proceeded to one up that performance by etching her name in Drake Relays history when she won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.19 seconds.
It was quite the spectacle to witness and a definite high point within the high school career of Sydney Winger. After taking her well deserved victory lap, Winger talked about her redemption win.
“It feels really good,” began Winger. “Last year I had a little mistake in the finals and to come back and win it in my senior year is really awesome.”
Simply winning at the Drake Relays is an amazing feat and plenty of motivation for athletes but for Winger, there was another reason behind the drive for first place.
“When I was little I had heart surgery and my cardiologist said I wouldn’t be able to run,” began Winger. “It feels amazing to prove that I can do this and do it so well. After surgery I was told that I would struggle running but here I am.”
The win was a fitting way for Winger to cap off her third trip to the blue oval.
*Girls’ 4x200 meter relay:
The Waukee Warrior girls took on a 23 team field including the states top team in Pella in the girls’ 4x200 meter relay. The Warriors entered the Drake Relays with a mark of 1:44.48 and took it up a notch on the blue oval clocking in at 1:44.06.
Boys’ 4x200 meter relay:
Two area teams competed in the final run of the boys’ 4x200 meter relay. Dallas Center-Grimes earned their spot onto the blue oval and made the most of it rising their mark in the state to the seventh best 4x200 meter time. The group of Sean Madsen, Rancy Freeman, Thomas Erikson, and Cade Bertrand clocked in with a time of 1:30.20 placing them tenth out of 24 teams.
The Warriors of Waukee continued to showcase their brand as the group of Kahlil Hicks-Jumper, Sam Yeaway, Tyrese Moore, and Blake Espland placed eigth overall. The group clocked in at 1:29.55 besting their current season best of 1:30.20.
*Girls’ 800 meter run:
Waukee peppered the girls’ 800 meter run at the Drake Relays with the likes of Lily Campbell, Logan Akason, and Jessica Caraway. Throughout the majority of the season, these three have been peppering the top twelve in the state for the 800 meter run which was the exact scenario for the Drake Relays. Lily Campbell came into the Drake Relays with the third best time in the state and on the blue oval she clocked in third place with a time of 2:14.42. Logan Akason came into Drake seventh in the state and nearly matched her season best time with 2:17.46 on the blue oval. Rounding out the Waukee runners was Jessica Caraway who came in 11th place with a time of 2:17.52
*Girls’ 100 meter dash:
Last year’s 100 meter dash final was electric despite the wet weather and yesterday it was even more electric with the weather to match. Two area speedsters were involved including the reigning champ Keaton Kester of A-D-M and Waukee’s Elma Vojic who came into yesterday’s 100 meter dash with the sixth best time of 12.41 seconds. It was an eight individual field and when all was said and done, Kester put up her best 100 meter dash time of the season at 12.28 seconds and placed fourth while Vojic clocked in at 12.30 seconds to place fifth. The winner of the girls’ 100 meter dash was Carly King of Assumption with a lightning quick time of 11.99 seconds.