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.