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Elites put on a show at Drake Relays

4/28/2018
 

DES MOINES, IA -- On the final day of the 109th Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee, elite American athletes put on a show on the blue oval and under blue skies for the 14,504 in attendance at Drake Stadium.

 

In her first competition since winning the 2018 World Indoor title, Sandi Morris won her third consecutive Drake Relays pole vault title with a meet record-setting clearance of 4.88m/16-0. Sandi became the first athlete in Drake Relays history to clear 16 feet in the women’s vault and she came knocking on the door of her own American record, but missed all three attempts at 5.01m/16-5.25. Jenn Suhr (4.70m/15-5) and Katie Nageotte (4.50m/14-9) finished in second and third, respectively.

 

Rio Olympics gold medalist and Olympic record holder, Ryan Crouser won the men’s shot put on his only legal toss of the competition, his first round throw of 22.01m/72-2.50, the second farthest throw in the world so far this year. Curtis Jensen erupted after his final throw of 21.18m/69-6 which secured a third place finish.

 

On the track, 2012 Olympian Georganne Moline repeated as Drake Relays 400m hurdle champion clocking the fourth fastest time in the world this year of 54.86. Dalilah Muhammad, 2016 Olympic gold medalist, crossed the line in second in 55.08 and Cassandra Tate finished third in 55.14.

 

World record holder and 2018 World Indoor Champion, Keni Harrison ran a wind-aided 12.37 in the 100m hurdles to win her third straight Drake Relays title. The 2017 400m hurdles World Champion, Kori Carter dropped down in distance to work on her speed and took third in 12.81.

 

In the men’s 100m, 2012 Olympian Isiah Young won crossing the line in 10.02, out leaning Rio Olympian Mike Rodgers who finished with a time of 10.03. Young was a four-time Drake Relays champion as a collegiate athlete at Ole Miss but this was his first title at Drake as a professional.

 

Rio Olympian Devon Allen and 2012 gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt battled through 110m hurdles with Allen coming out on top. Allen clocked 13.42 with Merritt close behind in 13.45 and Freddie Crittenden finishing third in 13.55.

 

Reggie Jagers broke the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record in the invitational discus with a toss of 64.59m/211-11.

 

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