Kiana Phelps, KP-WCU graduate and a freshman at Oregon is a four-time Iowa state champion and four-time Drake Relays Champion in the discus and won the state title in the shot put as a senior. Has the State meet record in the Discus at 172-0, the Drake Relays record of162-7 and the Iowa HS All Time best at 179-7. She competed in the discus at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships, coming away with a fifth-place finish. Top-ranked prep discus thrower in the country in 2015 per Track and Field News.
Feature photo: Kiana Phelps, KP-WCU-Oregon and Mike Jay
Drake Relays is special
to my family, because we have watched and/or participated in it for almost 60 years. My older brother, myself, and my younger brother have all had extremely close calls, and for each, the other two have been right there by their side, encouraging and providing a backbone of support and courage for them.
Just as my older brother kept me calm and focused before my last throw at my first Drake Relays, I was right there by my younger brother at state when I encouraged him and told him what he needed to do on that last throw. On that final throw, he edged first place by half an inch.
Drake Relays has always been a place of many emotional moments great triumph for the Phelps family. That’s why Drake Relays will always be home to me.
Drake is special to Iowa and track in general, because without it, track wouldn’t be the most participated sport in the state. In addition to that, Drake Relays makes Iowa one of the top competitive states in the country for track and field.
Iowa has anything that compares regarding sponsorship support, local fan support, and rich tradition, all in a community that doesn’t seem too metropolitan, yet has all the amenities to entertain. Most importantly, Drake Relays is orchestrated on a first-class basis with first class people. It’s important to Iowa track people, and it shows.