Drake Relays News
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.
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UNI’s Brooke Lorenz sits in second place for the heptathlon, after scoring 2,974 points on Wednesday. The junior finished runner up in the high jump and 200 to cap her stellar day on the track. Chaley Rath is not far behind at fourth overall, after she claimed first in the high jump with a mark of 5-06. Erica Loussaert and Lauren Frederick round out the Panther competitors at fifth and sixth overall for the heptathlon.
On the men’s side, Austin Heitland is in third place for the decathlon with 3,713 points after finishing first in the 100 and 400, before taking third overall in the shot put. Michael Santi had a runner-up finish in the 100 but pulled out of the decathlon later on.
UNI will be back at the Drake Relays on Thursday, with the multi events beginning at 10:30 a.m. and track action starting at 4:30 p.m.
Following this week’s action in Des Moines, the Panthers will compete at the Wisconsin Twilight on Friday, May 4 in Madison. The Panthers will compete at the MVC Outdoor Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 11-13.
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Wednesday, April 25 – Des Moines, Iowa
Current Decathlon Standings
Austin Heitland (3rd, 3713)
Women Heptathlon Events
SP: Lauren Frederick (2nd, 35-08), Brooke Lorenz (5th, 33-08)
HJ: Chaley Rath (1st, 5-06), Brooke Lorenz (2nd, 5-05), Erica Loussaert (3rd, 5-04)
100H: Chaley Rath (3rd, 14.68), Erica Loussaert (4th, 14.75)
200: Brooke Lorenz (2nd, 25.99)
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 the night as she cleared the bar on the first attempt at the first two heights. She then cleared 15-9 on her third attempt to secure the win. Suhr attempted to break her own indoor world record at 16-6.5, but got over hyped which caused her timing to be off and wasn’t able to set a new world record.
Irwin got out to a tough start as he need all three attempts to clear the first height. He became more comfortable and went to match his personal best and clear 18-4.5 on his first attempt to win.
Katie Nageotte finished in second on the women’s side as she cleared 15-5 on her first attempt and missed all three attempts at 15-9.
Shawn Barber, the 2016 Drake Relays Champion, came in second in the men’s competition as he cleared 18-4.5 on his second attempt.
- Andrew Irwin, Arkansas Vault Club, 18-4.5 (5.60)
- Shawn Barber, Nike Canada, 18-4.5 (5.60)
- Sam Kendricks, Nike, 18-0.5 (5.50)
- Mike Arnold, Nike, 18-0.5 (5.50)
- Scott Houston, Shore AC, 17-8.5 (5.40)
- Jenn Suhr, adidas, 15-9 (4.80)
- Katie Nageotte, Nike, 15-5 (4.70)
- Sandi Morris, Nike, 15-5 (4.70)
- Kristen Brown, Chula Vista Elite 13-11.25 (4.25)
Kristen Hixson, Unattached, NH
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. 2 runner Mitchell Davis by 1:22 to win the men’s division at the 50th annual road races.
At Central, Decker was a two-time All-American in the 10,000-meter run by placing eighth in 2015 and second in 2016 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also was seventh in the 5,000-meter run in 2016. In cross country, Decker was an All-American in after placing 22nd at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships.
As a senior in high school Dowling Catholic in West Des Moines, Decker was the 2012 Drake Relays 3,200-meter race winner.
The 109th Drake Relays kick off Wednesday at Drake Stadium, while the Dutch teams will send athletes to Thursday, Friday and Saturday.