Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake 
©Jim Kirby 2017

Bulldogs Win Five in Opener

Coach Mark Carroll-Drake  ©Drake Athletics

Coach Mark Carroll-Drake
©Drake Athletics

The Drake University track and field teams opened their indoor season with their lone meet of the fall semester Friday, Dec. 8, afternoon at the Cyclone Duals at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Center.

Courtesy Bulldogs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake  ©Jim Kirby 2017

The Bulldogs won five events on the afternoon in competition against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Drake fell narrowly in dual scoring against the Cyclones and Panthers.

Three Drake men brought home top honors with Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) leading the way with blistering season-opening time of 6.85 to win the men’s 60 meters. That finish is just shy of one of the top three times in school history and a 0.22 second improvement off his previous personal best. Teammate Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) was the nearest competitor Friday as he finished second in 7.00.

Also earning wins for the men was the distance combination of Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) and Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa). Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title in a personal-best time of 4:18.56.

The women’s team was led by Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) beginning her senior season where she left off last year with a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.81. Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the women by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.71.

The Bulldogs will have more than a month off to train and break for the semester before their next competition, Jan. 12-13 and the Graduate Classic in Lincoln, Neb.

Iowa State Duals
Dec. 8, 2017
Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center

Dual Results – Men
Iowa State, 54
Drake, 50

UNI, 62
Drake, 46

Dual Results – Women
Iowa State, 59
Drake, 50

UNI, 64
Drake, 45

Drake Individual Women’s Results
60 Meters
3. Mariah Crawford, 7.91
5. Sophia Jackson, 8.01
6. Emma Thoreson, 8.26

200 Meters
2. Mariah Crawford, 25.83
4. Mary Young, 26.04
6. Sophia Jackson, 26.99

400 Meters
1. Victoria Coombe, 57.71

800 Meters
2. Meghan Kearney, 2:18.22
3. Kayla Giuliano, 2:19.75

Mile
5. Bailee Cofer, 5:13.04
6. Olivia Rogers, 5:16.66
7. Morgan Garcia, 5:19.58
8. Elizabeth Aho, 5:24.01
9. Kenzie Mente, 5:38.86

60-Meter Hurdles
1. Mary Young, 8.81

4×400-Meter Relay
2. Kearney, Giuliano, Jackson, Lang, 4:00.90

Long Jump
3. Taryn Rolle, 17-0.5 (5.19m)
9. Cameryn Baldwin, 14-5 (4.39m)

Shot Put
5. Bryce Lang, 27-10.25 (9.0m)
6. Christina LeMunyon, 25-6 (7.77m)

Weight Throw
11. Bryce Lang, 22-11 (6.98m)

Drake Individual Men’s Results
60 Meters
1. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.85
2. Aaron Chier, 7.00
3. Caulin Graves, 7.05

200 Meters
2. Caulin Graves, 22.00
3. Aaron Chier, 22.20
7. Blair Barrow, 23.12
9. Alex Klosterman, 23.60

400 Meters
2. Bas Van Leersum, 48.57
4. Hudson Priebe, 50.84
5. Cory Erickson, 51.14
6. Tyler Zak, 51.29
7. Max Harlan, 53.05
8. Michael Cooper, 53.72

800 Meters
1. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:56.37
3. Chris Kaminski, 2:01.53
5. Rylee Miller, 2:04.41
6. John Freeman, 2:05.49

Mile
1. Josh Yeager, 4:18.56
4. Matt Cozine, 4:23.96
5. Kyle Brandt, 4:26.38
7. Kyle Cass, 4:31.90
8. Joe Romain, 4:32.09
10. Alec Bognar, 4:42.99

60-Meter Hurdles
4. Dominic Lombardi, 8.51

4×400-Meter Relay
3. Barrow, Bognar, Lechleitner, Priebe, 3:25.32
4. Barrow, Erickson, Harlan, Metivier, 3:25.82

High Jump
4. Forest Moses, 6-0.75 (1.85m)

Shot Put
9. Max Harlan, 30-0 (9.14m)
10. Alex Klosterman, 20-3.5 (6.18m)

Weight Throw
9. Max Harlan, 34-7.75