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.
Archive for April, 2009
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.
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.