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QUICK HIT: Drake Relays
By Joe Quinn - @joequinnshow
I once again had the honor of serving as the infield announcer at the Drake Relays. One of the best weekends of the year in my book. This year, the weather was perfect, the stands were packed, and the records were falling.
A few of the highlights, and trust me, there were many more:
Men's pole vault - London Games Rematch
Could just be that it's my favorite event to watch, but the field was loaded, and the jumps were huge. Bjorn Otto of Germany (London Silver Medalist) won the event, defeating the American record holder, Brad Walker, and London Gold Medalist Renaud Lauvillinie of France. They were great to talk with on the infield - calling it one of the best crowds they've jumped in front of in some time.
High school boys 100m
The winner, Zach Skibinski from SC Heelan, also competes in the discus throw. At least he did, until he tweaked a knee injury. He's going to UNI to play football next year...as a defensive end. Not too often you see a future collegiate defensive lineman win the 100m dash at the Relays. Trust me, I feel sorry for the QB's in the MVC next year.
Women's 100 hurdles - London Games Rematch
Yes, Lolo finished fourth, but it lived up to the hype as the race of the afternoon. Top four finishers were the four fastest times in the world. What's lost in the Lolo defeat is the fact that the top 3, Queen Harrison, Kellie Wells, and Dawn Harper, are probably three of the top four hurdlers in the world right now.
Men's Invitational Mile
The winner, Nick Willis of New Zealand, finished in 3:55:70, in a field with six runners under 4:00. The crazy thing was how much faster he could have gone. By the time he hit the home stretch, he had his hands in the air getting the crowd into the race. After wards, he told me its not too often you have a crowd like this to cheer you - have to take advantage. Good call.
Men's 400m Dash - London Games Rematch
The runner up, Jeremy Wariner, is a three time gold medalist for the USA, and a great ambassador for the sport. He comes from a time (not all that long ago...lets be honest), when the USA owned this event. Whether it was Michael Johnson, or Jeremy, or LeShawn Merritt, from about 1990-2008 the USA was unstoppable in the 400m. This past Olympics, the USA didn't sniff the top of the podium. A new generation of younger runners have taken up the helm. One of them, Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic was the silver medalist in London, and he won the race going away on Friday night. He ran at 44.74 and made it look easy. It just felt like a small snapshot of the big picture.