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Records fall at Drake


A packed Drake stadium, sold out on Saturday for the 47th straight year, got to see some of the greatest performances in the events history.

The Cedar Falls boys provided one of them in the 4 x 100. James Harrington passed West High's Haris Nuhanovic in the final 100 to capture a 7th Drake Relays flag as the Tigers won in relays record time.

"I told everybody no regrets," Harrington said, "Don't go out with no regrets, and to run hard for your team, for your city, for your coaches, and for yourselves.  That's what we did."

The City High Little Hawks cruised in the boys shuttle hurdle relay. Anchor Dan Roemerman brought the little Hawks home by more than a full second over runner up Des Moines Lincoln.

Cedar Rapids Prairie needed a late pass to take top honors in the 4 x 400.  Junior Demetrius Harper took the lead down home stretch as the Hawks finished half a second better than Clinton.

"Usually I get out hard," Harper said, "but yesterday we had a talk about me getting out hard and to save a bit.  So I tried that today, and it paid off."

In the college women's shuttle hurdle relay, UNI anchored by Olympia Nowak, shattered the previous school record by more than 2 and a half seconds while finishing in the runner-up spot.

Iowa State went 1-2 in the women's 400 hurdles.  It was Kianna Elahi taking top honors for the Cyclones.

The Hawkeyes would grab a runner-up finish in the sprint medley as Eric Sowinski brought Iowa in just under a second behind first place Georgia, while triple jumper Troy Doris waited until his final attempt then uncorked a 58 foot, 10 inch jump to win the event.

Former Tipton stand-out and 3 time high school Drake champion Ashley Miller grabbed her first title as a college athlete.  Miller went under 4 minutes, 16 seconds setting a new relays record.

"That was the goal was to get the record and to win a flag my last chance as a collegiate athlete," Miller said, "I did that, so I'm super thrilled."

One of the biggest records in relays history would fall as Wallace Spearman scorched the track going 20.02 seconds in the 200, breaking the stadium record set by gold medalist Michael Johnson.

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