Posts Tagged ‘Drake Relays’

Kak, Westrum honored at Drake

April 27, 2009

Omet Kak, a senior at Des Moines North, and Whitney Westrum, a senior at Waukee, were named the outstanding high school boys’ and girls’ performers at the Drake Relays.

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Warriors have look of a contender

April 27, 2009
Cedar Rapids Washington's Avery McBride gets over a hurdle as the Warriors won the shuttle hurdle relay at the Drake Relays on Saturday. The Warriors won three relays at Drake. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Cedar Rapids Washington's Avery McBride gets over a hurdle as the Warriors won the shuttle hurdle relay at the Drake Relays on Saturday. The Warriors won three relays at Drake. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Too early for title talk?

Not necessarily.

They don’t keep track of points at the Drake Relays. If they did, the boys from Cedar Rapids Washington would have brought more home than the three relay titles they captured.

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Waukee 4×400 sets Iowa girls mark

April 25, 2009
Iowa City West's Jessica Gehrke finishes second to Waukee's Whitney Westrum at the end of the girls' 400-meter relay at the Drake Relays Saturday (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Iowa City West's Jessica Gehrke finishes second to Waukee's Whitney Westrum at the end of the girls' 400-meter relay at the Drake Relays Saturday (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — They’d spent their high school careers chasing “a special moment.”

An all-time Iowa best — in their final race of their final Drake Relays. Yeah, that’s special.

Waukee ran the 1,600-meter relay like no girls team in Iowa has run it before. Whitney Westrum outdueled Sioux City East’s Ellen Dougherty in the final stretch to give the Warriors the gold in 3:50.21. East’s 3:50.58 also beat the former standard (3:51.70), set by Starmont 28 years ago.

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Relay gold rush for Washington boys

April 25, 2009
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.”

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Slosiarek’s photo galleries from Drake

April 24, 2009

Jim Slosiarek’s photos from the Drake Relays can be located at the following places:

Pictopia gallery in which to purchase photos here.

Thursday slide show here.

Friday slide show here.

Tight girls’ races carry the day at Drake

April 24, 2009
North Tama's Sara Stoakes (left) and Sioux City East's Shelby Houlihan drive for the finish at the Drake Relays girls' 800-meter run. Houlihan won the race in 2:10.17. Stoakes finished in 2:10.22. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

North Tama's Sara Stoakes (left) and Sioux City East's Shelby Houlihan drive for the finish at the Drake Relays girls' 800-meter run. Houlihan won the race in 2:10.17. Stoakes finished in 2:10.22. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — Photo finishes were the theme of the girls’ races at the Drake Relays Friday.

Gabriel Williams of Sioux City West edged Iowa City West’s Jessica Gehrke by 6-hundredths of a second in the 100-meter dash. Shelby Houlihan of Sioux City East trimmed North Tama’s Sara Stoakes by 5-hundredths of a second in the 800-meter run.

“I didn’t know I’d won until they handed me the (championship) flag,” Houlihan said.

And in the 100-meter hurdles, Susan Rodriguez of Pleasant Valley upset Logan-Magnolia’s Alex Gochenour. The difference: 2-thousandths of a second, 15.168 to 15.170.

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Tutson, Gehrke have a field day at Drake

April 23, 2009
Iowa City High's Majesty Tutson flings the discus during the Drake Relays Thursday. Tutson won the event with a toss of 138 feet, 9 inches. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Iowa City High's Majesty Tutson flings the discus during the Drake Relays Thursday. Tutson won the event with a toss of 138 feet, 9 inches. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — Majesty Tutson found her focal point. Jessica Gehrke was a drama queen.

Both are Drake Relays champions.

Tutson and Gehrke made the first day of the Drake Relays a field day for the girls from Iowa City, winning titles in the discus and long jump, respectively.

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Clark repeats in Drake boys’ shot put

April 23, 2009
Marion's Drew Clark waves his championship flag after winning the Drake Relays boys' shot put for the second straight year. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Marion's Drew Clark waves his championship flag after winning the Drake Relays boys' shot put for the second straight year. (Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — Quite a week. And quite a cheek.

Marion’s Drew Clark successfully defended his shot put title at the Drake Relays Thursday. He did so convincingly, with a heave of 61 feet, 1 inch.  (more…)

Stoakes: A runner for any race

April 20, 2009
North Tama's Sara Stoakes is one of the most versatile track athletes in Iowa. She won four events -- all sprints -- at the state track meet last year, and captured a cross country title last fall. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

North Tama's Sara Stoakes is one of the most versatile track athletes in Iowa. She won four events -- all sprints -- at the state track meet last year, and captured a cross country title last fall. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

DES MOINES — Pick a distance. Any distance.

One hundred meters, on polyurethane? Sara Stoakes is a state champion.

Four thousand meters, on grass? She’s golden there, too.

Anything in between? She’s money.

Throw in some hurdles, just for fun? Why not?

Plain and simple, Stoakes possesses range that borders on absurd.

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Alan Webb returns to Drake

April 15, 2009
Alan Webb celebrates with fans at the 2007 Drake Relays after setting a Relays record of 3:51.71 in the invitational mile. Webb returns to compete at Drake next Saturday. (Gazette file photo)

Alan Webb celebrates with fans at the 2007 Drake Relays after setting a Relays record of 3:51.71 in the invitational mile. Webb returns to compete at Drake next Saturday. (Gazette file photo)

DES MOINES — Be yourself, Alan Webb tells himself.

“Last year, I was trying to be Superman, and I ended up getting nothing out of it,” said Webb, who returns to the Drake Relays next week to compete in the invitational mile. “I learned a lot last year. It wasn’t the most fun year I’ve had in my career. I didn’t ever get into the groove of competing.”

Slowed by injuries, Webb failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, finishing fifth in the 1,500-meter trials.

He withdrew from Drake, saying, “My training hasn’t progressed to where I feel I can deliver the type of performance that I would like  … I hope to be able to make up for it and come back next year.”

Next year is here. And fans hope Webb, 26, can duplicate his 2007 magic — a Drake-record 3:51.71 mile that ranked No. 1 on an active Drake Relays poll as the most memorable highlight in the event’s first 99 years.

“He completely lit up the blue oval,” said Drake Relays director Brian Brown.

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