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Harrington record stands tall among Friday's Drake performances


On Friday, those on and around the big blue oval witnessed some masterful performances.

It started in the discus ring where Dakotah Goodall of Williamsburg uncorked a 146 foot toss, but had to settle for second. Dubuque Wahlert senior Katelyn Weimerskirch lofted a 148 foot, 1 inch bomb on her final throw to win the event.

The Cedar Rapids Washington boys dominated the distance medley relay.  Robert Hogg anchored the Warriors home a full 2 seconds ahead of second place Waukee.

"The last 2 years we've finished 3rd and 2nd at state in the medley," Hogg recalled, "and we've got a great 2-2-4 combo, so it feels so sweet."

Friday's conditions were a lot colder and a lot windier than they were on Thursday.  As a result, we weren't seeing very many great times.  That all changed in the afternoon when James Harrington took the track.

Harrington blazed the 100 meters in a Drake Relays record 10.61 seconds capturing his 6th career title while becoming just the third athlete in the state to win the 100 in 3 straight years.

"I love this track," Harrington said afterward, "It's a great, great environment.  It's a great place to run.  I'm just glad I get to run here."

It came down to West and West in the 4 x 100 meters. Waterloo West's Haris Nuhanovic made up some ground, but couldn't reel in Iowa City West's Armando Williams on the anchor leg.  The Trojans took the title while the Wahawks finished in the runner-up spot.

"We've been running with each other since elementary school," Williams said, "I said we were going to win a flag, I promised them that, and we got one."

"Second place is what we came in and we came out second, so we're pretty happy with that," said Nuhanovic, "This is the Drake Relays, we just came out here to have fun.  We'll bring it to them at state."

West will get another shot in the 4 x 100 final Saturday afternoon.

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