Relay gold rush for Washington boys

Cedar Rapids Washington's Larry Johnson, Adam Sailor, Nick Clark (hidden) and Avery McBride dance on the Drake Stadium infield after winning the boys' shuttle hurdle relay at the Drake Relays Saturday. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Cedar Rapids Washington's Larry Johnson, Adam Sailor, Nick Clark (hidden) and Avery McBride dance on the Drake Stadium infield after winning the boys' shuttle hurdle relay at the Drake Relays Saturday. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — Thirty-four years, the Cedar Rapids Washington boys had gone without a relay title at the Drake Relays.

This year, in the immortal words of Alex Carr:

“We got three.”

The Warriors added shuttle hurdle and 400-meter relays into their pot of gold Saturday at Drake Stadium. This was the first shuttle hurdle race contested at Drake.

“It was our goal to win it last year. But that didn’t come true,” said shuttle anchor Avery McBride. “We’re not known for our hurdles here, but we came in and pulled it out.”

Larry Johnson, Adam Sailor, Nick Clark and McBride were clocked in 58.28 seconds. Then, in the 400-meter relay, the Warriors avoided the botched handoffs that plagued Southeast Polk and Cedar Rapids Xavier in nearby lanes.

Cedar Rapids Washington's Alex Carr reacts after anchoring the Warriors to victory in the 400-meter relay at the Drake Relays Saturday (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Cedar Rapids Washington's Alex Carr reacts after anchoring the Warriors to victory in the 400-meter relay at the Drake Relays Saturday (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Wyatt Suess, Brian Covington, Keenan Davis and Carr clocked in at 43.10 seconds. The first three are seniors. Carr is a sophomore.

“I told the seniors I’d get ‘em one,” Carr said. “Well, I got ‘em one.”

Washington won the 800-meter relay Friday.

“We did what we planned to do,” Davis said. “We won the shuttle. We won the 4-by-2. We won the 4-by-1. We just wanted them all bad.”

 The Iowa High School Athletic Association institued the shuttle hurdle in 2007. Saturday was the first time the boys have run it at Drake.

Johnson put the Warriors ahead, and they maintained the lead throughout. Hudson was second in 58.49 seconds, Cedar Rapids Kennedy third in 58.65.

Washington and Kennedy are developing a shuttle hurdle rivalry.

“I like running against them,” Johnson said. “I think they bring out the best in us.”

“It’s always a bang-bang finish,” said Kennedy anchor man Max Martino. “I hope to keep running against them. We’ll see them again at state.”

Ethan Holmes of Clinton was the 400-meter hurdles champion, finishing in 53.85 seconds. Iowa City West’s Andrew Mitchell was third in 54.75.

Omet Kak of Des Moines North completed the 3,200/1,600 sweep — the first to do so in 20 years — by holding off Washington’s Lewi Manirumva. Kak was clocked in 4:19.43, Manirumva in 4:20.51.

Manirumva raced to the lead with about 500 meters to go before Kak took over with 250 left.

“The pace was a little slow and I wanted to break 4:20, so I went ahead,” Manirumva said. “I just needed to push a little harder (at the end).”

Brett Egan of Waukon was third.

Pleasant Valley won the 3,200-meter relay in 7:58.00. Indianols edged Waukee by 1-hundredth of a second in the 1,600-meter relay, winning in 3:23.15.

SATURDAY RESULTS

3,200 relay — 1. Pleasant Valley, 7:58.00; 2. Waukee, 7:58.85; 3. Algona, 8:00.99; 4. Indianola, 8:02.38; 5. Sioux City Heelan, 8:07.16; 6. Northeast, 8:07.20; 7. Okoboji, 8:11.89; 8. West Des Moines Valley, 8:12.65.

Shuttle hurdle relay final — 1. Cedar Rapids Washington, 58.28; 2. Hudson, 58.49; 3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 58.65; 4. Ames, 59.77.

400 hurdles — 1. Ethan Holmes (Clinton), 53.85; 2. Jordan Cotton (Mount Pleasant), 54.34; 3. Andrew Mitchell (Iowa City West), 54.75; 4. Keaton Rickels (Iowa Falls-Alden), 54.79; 5. Matt Finn (Hudson), 55.74; 6. Ross Lorber (Waukee), 56.05; 7. Tanner Ellison (Maquoketa Valley), 56.42; 8. Tanner Miller (Mid-Prairie), 56.46.

1,600 meters – 1. Omet Kak (Des Moines North) 4:19.43; 2. Lewi Manirumva (Cedar Rapids Washington), 4:20.51; 3. Brett Egan (Waukon), 4:22.10; 4. Andrew Swanson (Pleasant Valley), 4:23.75; 5. Eric Thien (Tipton), 4:23.78; 6. Ryan Krogman (Northeast), 4:25.32; 7. Nick Schulze (Indianola), 4:26.65; 8. Brent Ewing (Centerville), 4:27.07.

400 relay — 1. Cedar Rapids Washington, 43.10; 2. Lewis Central, 43.33; 3. Burlington, 43.41; 4. Iowa City High, 43.47; 5. Des Moines Lincoln, 43.59; 6. Dubuque Hempstead, 43.87.

1,600 relay — 1. Indianola, 3:23.15; 2. Waukee, 3:23.16; 3. Waterloo West, 3:23.38; 4. West Des Moines Valley, 3:24.23; 5. Boone, 3:24.41; 6. Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 3:24.72; 7. Iowa City West, 3:27.39; 8. Iowa City High, 3:29.16.

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