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Iowans Take Home Lots of Hardware From the Relays

The 109th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee thrilled nearly 40,000 fans over four days of action with tremendous performances across all divisions. Monday, April 30, the best of those performances were honored with the announcement of the Relays Most Outstanding Performers. Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2018 Those […]

Next Level Iowa Podcast For May 1st 2018: Drake Wrap-Brenda Martinez, Alex Wilson, Brette Corey and Michelle Mumm

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we look back at last weekend’s Drake Relays and talk to a variety of athletes such as Olympian Brenda Martinez, now professional Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI, Brette Corey-W. Dubuque-UNI and Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside. Feature photo: Olympian Brenda Martinez ©Jim Kirby 2018 We also look ahead to the […]

Cyclones Set For Drake

The shortest trip of the outdoor season awaits the Iowa State track and field teams this weekend, as the Cyclones head to Des Moines for the 2018 Drake Relays. Competition for the Cyclones begins with the Distance Carnival on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m., with competition following all day Friday and Saturday. Courtesy Cyclone Athletics, […]

Panthers Have Big First Day at Drake

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program capped its opening day at the Drake Relays on Wednesday, with the Panthers competing in the decathlon and heptathlon. Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI ©Mike Byrnes 2017 UNI’s Brooke Lorenz sits in second place for the heptathlon, after scoring 2,974 points on Wednesday. The […]

Drake Relays: Suhr and Irwin Win Capital Square Vault

Jenn Suhr, a three-time Olympian and indoor world record holder, and Andrew Irwin won the third-annual Capital Square Vault presented by Catch Des Moines and the Des Moines Register in downtown Des Moines Wednesday evening, April 25. Courtesy Drake Relays,for interviews and full article click here! Feature photo: Katie Nageotte-USATF Champion©Jim Kirby 2018   Suhr was nearly perfect on […]

Dutch Alum Decker Wins Drake Half

Cole Decker ’17, a former member of the Central College men’s cross country and track and field programs, took the title at the Drake Relays half-marathon road race Sunday. Courtesy Dutch Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Cole Decker-Dowling-Central©Jim Kirby Completing the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour, 11 minutes and 51 seconds, Decker outpaced the No. […]

Panthers Set For Drake

After a very successful start to the 2018 outdoor season, the University of Northern Iowa track and field program will face a big test this week as the Panthers make the short trip to Des Moines for the Drake Relays on April 25-28. Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jasmine Blue-CR Jeff., Maddie Bell-Hudson, Maddie […]

Hawks Set to Repeat as Relays Hy Vee Cup Winners

The University of Iowa men’s track and field team won the Drake Relays Hy-Vee Cup in 2017 and director of track and field Joey Woody isn’t content with stopping there. Courtesy Hawkeye Sports, click here! Feature photo: Joey Woody & the Iowa Hawkeyes ©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com 2017 Woody is not only positioning the Hawkeye men for a Hy-Vee […]

Lipari and Masters Win Grand Blue Mile

Riley Masters and Emily Lipari bested their respective fields to win the Ninth-Annual Invitational Grand Blue Mile and USATF 1-Mile Road Championship Tuesday, April 24, evening in Des Moines. Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Emily Lipari The Wins Grand Blue Mile ©Jim Kirby 2018   Masters, who was second in the event last year and […]

Next Level Iowa Podcast For April 24, 2018: Drake Relays! and Jason Cowley of the S.C. Journal

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk Drake Relays! “It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our hearts will be glowing…..” Sorry about that, I get carried away sometimes! Mike and I preview the coming Drake Relays Week, who to watch and where to watch them. We also talk with […]