Lewis, Warriors sprint to Drake titles

Cedar Rapids Washington's Ronnie Henderson, Larry Johnson, Alex Carr and Keenan Davis celebrate their championship in the boys' 800-meter relay Friday afternoon at the Drake Relays. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Cedar Rapids Washington's Ronnie Henderson, Larry Johnson, Alex Carr and Keenan Davis celebrate their championship in the boys' 800-meter relay Friday afternoon at the Drake Relays. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — For a day at least, Cedar Rapids is the sprint capital of Iowa.

Xavier’s Patrick Lewis captured the boys’ 100-meter title and Washington claimed the boys’ 800-meter relay crown Friday at the Drake Relays.

Lewis had been imagining the triumph and the elation since mid-winter. Reality, it turned out, was even better.

“I knew all along that if I won, I would be so happy,” said Lewis, a senior at Cedar Rapids Xavier. “There are so many emotions. It’s pure joy.

“At the beginning of the school year, I didn’t know if I was good enough to run at the next level.”

It might be time to reconsider.

Lewis won in 11.18 seconds. Jordan Cotton of Mount Pleasant (11.27) was second, Kevin Dibbern of Iowa City High (11.39) third.

“I knew if I got a good start, I had a good chance of winning,” Lewis said. “Once I got going, I kept going and kept pumping as hard as I could.”

Lewis had been overshadowed at Xavier by sprinters Bryce Colston and Derek Kramer in the past.

Now, it’s his time.

“Coming in, honestly, I was hoping for a top-three finish,” he said. “But my coach said that if I got out of the blocks well, my top speed was as good as anybody’s.

“I’m just as shocked as everybody else.”

Washington’s Larry Johnson, Keenan Davis, Ronnie Henderson and Alex Carr completed the 800 relay in 1:29.14 for the school’s first title in a relay at Drake since the mile medley won in 1975.

“We’ve been working for this all year,” Davis said. “We’re like brothers.”

Burlington ran a quick 1:29.84 in the first heat, a standard that stood until the Warriors eclipsed it in the final heat. Other than an iffy handoff between Henderson and Carr, the Warriors ran a clean race.

“It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t that bad,” Carr said. “We had the character, the poise to not let it slow us down. (Burlington) set the bar with (a low time), and we needed to beat that. I thought the pressure was on me, and I had to do my part.”

“I got the baton to Alex, and here we are,” Henderson said.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Kyle Slaymaker leads Cedar Rapids Washington's Lewi Manirumva in the second heat of the boys' 1,600-meter medley relay Friday at the Drake Relays. Kennedy won the heat and finished second overall. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Kyle Slaymaker leads Cedar Rapids Washington's Lewi Manirumva in the second heat of the boys' 1,600-meter medley relay Friday at the Drake Relays. Kennedy won the heat and finished second overall. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Cedar Rapids Kennedy was second to Cedar Falls in the 1,600-meter medley relay.

Cedar Falls was timed in 3 minutes, 28.77 seconds. Kennedy finished in 3:29.25. The Cougars ran in the second heat, then watched as the Tigers edged them in Heat 3.

“It would have been so much nicer (to run head-to-head),” said Kyle Slaymaker, who anchored in 1:54.5. “We dropped about 10 seconds today. We wanted to run around 3:30 to make us hard to beat.”

Khiry Hopkins, Josh Simmons and Anthony Crawley ran the first three legs for Kennedy. Crawley’s split was 49.2.

Jordan Velasquez anchored in 1:53.2 for Cedar Falls. Iowa City West was third.

Atlantic’s Jordan Muller broke the Drake record in the 110-meter hurdles. Twice.

Mullen won the event in 14.04 seconds. He had run 14.14 in the preliminaries earlier in the day, edging the 1991 mark of 14.15 by Bill Betterton of Carlisle. Then, he eclipsed himself.

“My coach tells me to stay in the blocks in the prelims, and to go 100 percent in the finals,” Mullen said. “That’s what I did.

“I hit a few more hurdles in the finals, but my start made up for it.”

Dike-New Hartford’s Sid Hansen and David Weber went 1-2 in the long jump, with Hansen passing his teammate on a final jump of 22-9 1/2.

Jon Higgins of Lewis Central won the discus.

Cedar Rapids Xavier's Patrick Lewis is congratulated by his mother, Troy, after winning the boys' 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays on Friday. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarak)

Cedar Rapids Xavier's Patrick Lewis is congratulated by his mother, Troy, after winning the boys' 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays on Friday. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarak)

FRIDAY’S FINAL RESULTS

Discus — 1. Jon Higgins (Lewis Central), 180-2; 2. Dominic Alvis (Logan-Magnolia), 166-0; 3. Kasey Juhl (Atlantic), 165-3; 4. Naser Hannoon (West Des Moines Valley), 164-3; 5. Chris Jepsen (Urbandale), 162-1; 6. Matt Schiffer (Mason City), 158-11; 7. Andy Carman (Jefferson-Scranton), 158-9; 8. Chad Gilson (Urbandale), 156-9.

Long jump — 1. Sid Hansen (Dike-New Hartford), 22-9 1/2; 2. David Weber (Dike-New Hartford), 22-6 1/2; 3. Kenny Gilmore (Davenport Central), 22-2 1/2; 4. Kyle Crossett (Knoxville), 21-11; 5. Channing Puls (Hudson), 21-10 1/4; 6. Darius Washington (Waterloo East), 21-6 1/2; 7. Ridge Hobbs (New London), 21-4 3/4; 8. Caleb Mere (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 21-2 1/4.

1,600 medley relay — 1. Cedar Falls, 3:28.77; 2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 3:29.25; 3. Iowa City West, 3:31.70; 4. Indianola, 3:31.93; 5. Cedar Rapids Washington, 3:32.56; 6. Waukee, 3:32.71; 7. Bettendorf, 3:33.84; 8. Algona, 3:34.18.

110 hurdles — 1. Jordan Mullen (Atlantic), 14.04; 2. Channing Puls (Hudson), 14.49; 3. Ethan Holmes (Clinton), 14.65; 4. Jacob Betterton (Eddyville-Blakesburg), 14.89; 5. Ryan Sander (Cedar Rapids Xavier), 15.08; 6. Larry Johnson (Cedar Rapids Washington), 15.18; 7. Jacob Stroebele (Urbandale), 15.26; 8. Tanner Miller (Mid-Prairie), 15.37.

100 meters — 1. Patrick Lewis (Cedar Rapids Xavier), 11.18; 2. Jordan Cotton (Mount Pleasant), 11.27; 3. Kevin Dibbern (Iowa City High), 11.39; 4. Logan Danko (Centerville), 11.45; 5. Joshua Lenz (Dubuque Hempstead), 11.51; 6. Clint Utter (Ottumwa), 11.54; 7. Ellis Robinson (Pleasant Valley), 11.57; 8. Jeff Arends (Forest City), 11.64.

800 relay — 1. Cedar Rapids Washington, 1:29.14; 2. Clinton, 1:29.74; 3. Burlington, 1:29.84; 4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 1:29.91; 5. West Des Moines Valley, 1:30.25; 6. Dubuque Hempstead, 1:30.35; 7. Ottumwa, 1:30.38; 8. Lewis Central, 1:30.40.

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