The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams finished the 41st Jim Duncan Invitational with two meet records and 11 first-place finishes over two days of competition at Drake Stadium.
Courtesy Bulldogs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake ©Jim Kirby-2017
“Ecstatic is the best word I can use to describe my thoughts on the team’s performance this weekend,” said Drake co-interim head coach LaRon Bennett. “We carried a lot of momentum from the indoor season and I knew we had to stay healthy and believe in the process. It’s good to see that faith and hard work pay off with meet records and wins. I’m proud of our team and happy for them.”
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of Mariah Crawford, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa), Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) and Ebele Okoye (McDonough, Ga.) set a Jim Duncan Invitational record with a time of 3:42.63. The time was also the second-fastest time in school history and bested the previous meet record by nearly two seconds.
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team had similar success with a first-place time of 3:14.54 from Dominic Lombardi (Columbus, Ohio), Blair Barrow, Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ont.) and Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands).
Earlier in the day, sprinters Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.), Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.), Aaron Cheir (Belgium, Wis.) and Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) combined to run a 40.97 4×100-meter relay for another meet record. Their time shattered the 25-year-old mark of 41.10 set by Iowa in 1992. Three of the four also went on to place top five in both the 100 and 200 meters with Shelton taking first the 100 meters in 10.76 against a strong headwind. The women’s 4×100-meter team also took top honors in 46.51 thanks to Crawford, Young, Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) and Okoye’s efforts.
Crawford also swept the 100 and 200 meters with times of 12.55 and 24.89, just ahead of Coombe, who finished second in both the 100 and 200 meters with personal bests in both events.
Drake also had a pair of first-place finishes in the hurdles with Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) winning the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 52.96 while Young won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in 13.86. Priebe’s finish led to a sweep of the top three spots in the race with Lombardi and Metivier following with personal bests of 53.13 and 53.31, respectively.
Rolle led the Bulldogs’ efforts in the field events with a first-place jump of 39-1.
The Bulldogs will be back in action April 22 at MUSCO Twilight meet in Iowa City, followed by the Drake Relays April 25-29 back on the Jim Duncan Track.
Jim Duncan Invitational
Jim Duncan Track – Drake Stadium
12. Blair Barrow, 50.56
18. Maxwell Harlan, 51.99
2. George Webb 1:54.30
5. Xavier Lechleitner 1:55.24
7. Cory Erickson 1:55.32
9. Matt Cozine 1:55.87
10. Josh Yeager 1:56.82
23. Michael Cooper, 2:03.55
24. Alec Bognar, 2:04.43
26. John Freeman, 2:06.72
1. Witherspoon, Shelton, Cheir, Graves, 40.97
1. Lombardi, Barrow, Metivier, Van Leersum, 3:14.54
9. Erickson, Webb, Lechleitner, Bognar, 3:27.01
10. Zak, Cozine, Cooper, Harlan, 3:29.28
3. Hudson Priebe, 15.32
5. Dominic Lombardi 15.47
2. Chris Kaminski, 9:54.53
3. Forest Moses, 6-4 (1.93m)
6. Michael Dolan, 136-05 (40.62m)
8. Michael Dolan, 155-10 (47.51m)
5. Erik Olson, 126-10 (38.66m)
Drake Individual Women’s Results
1. Mariah Crawford, 12.55
1. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.86
10. Bailee Cofer, 18:06.60
14. MyKaela Cole, 18:43.73
1. Crawford, Rolle, Young, Okoye, 46.51
1. Crawford, Young, Coombe, Okoye, 3:42.63 Meet record
4. Lang, Giuliano, Rettig, Nicholson, 4:01.51
4. Christina LeMunyon, 10-02 (3.10m)
1. Taryn Rolle, 39-01 (11.91m)