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Willms grabs second and third Drake Relay titles

DES MOINES (KWWL)-- What would the Drake Relays be without a little bit of rain, or in Friday's case, quite a bit of rain?  The performances, however, weren't indicative of the poor conditions.

Dike-New Hartford's Hannah Willms picked up right where she left off on Thursday.  Her 54.5 split running the anchor leg of the 800 sprint medley, helped the Wolverines catch Sioux City East and win with a time of 1:47:53.

"I just felt like we had a good time going," Willms said.   "If I"am not going to catch her at least we're going to get our best time.  It just happened in that last 100 I got her."

Willms would keep the momentum going.  She won her third event of the relays a little bit later, with a first place finish in the 100 meter dash.

In the girls long jump, Jessica Gehrke was one of just six Drake Relay champions returning this year.   She had no problem defending her title in this event, jumping 18.25.

"I felt like there was a little pressure, but I try not to think about it or anything because I'm not thinking about it, I don't feel that much pressure," Gehrke said.

In the girls 100 meter hurdles, Waverly Shell Rock's Rachael Peth finished second behind Logan Magnolia's Alex Gochenour's record run.

It was an impressive day for Cedar Falls sophomore James Harrington.  Harrington burst on to the scene at the relays, taking home his first white flag with an 11.01 in the 100 meter dash.

"I didn't get as good of a start as I wanted to but I still got a pretty good start and I just accelerated through and ran as fast as I could," Harrington said.

In the boys 110 meter hurdles Linn Mar's Kyle Dunn grabbed first place with a time of 14.02.

"Didn't too well last year at the hurdles, pretty inexperienced, didn't get to come to the Drake Relays in any hurdle events, so it feels pretty good," Dunn said.

The Cedar Rapids Prairie 1600 sprint medley team will go home happy, after Matt Stocker ran a strong anchor leg, leading his team to victory.

Moving up to the college division, the Loras women are celebrating a first place finish in the distance medley.

The Iowa State Women won their first ever distance medley behind anchor Lisa Koll, who ran a 4:30.9.

Saturday promises to bring plenty more impressive performances, rain or shine.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner


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