Distance Carnival Closes Thursday Action At Drake Stadium

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The 108th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee continued on Thursday with the resumption of the heptathlon and decathlon while competition got underway with high school and university/college division competition. The day closed with the annual Distance Carnival highlighted by Drake senior Reed Fischer winning the men’s 5,000 meters to break a 39-year-old school record.With the hometown crowd urging him own, Fischer broke the school record and gave the host school a satisfying victory. Fischer stormed past Wisconsin’s Malachy Schrobilgen coming in the final turn and won in 13:48.32 — nearly 12 seconds faster than the previous school record that Boyd Nansel set back in 1978. It’s the fastest winning time in the event since 1988, when Iowa State’s Raf Wyns ran 13:41.46. Schrobilgen finished in 13:49.68, also a personal best. Fischer won the 3000 and 5000 at the Missouri Valley Conference indoor meet this year and was the Valley’s cross country champion last fall. Schrobilgen is a two-time Big Ten cross country champion and an outdoor All-American in the 10K.In the conclusion of the multi-events, former Logan-Magnolia High School standout Alex Gochenour continued to enjoy success on Drake’s Blue Oval. After winning 13 state championships and four Drake Relays titles as a prep, Gochenour added the title in the Relays heptathlon. Gochenour, who competed collegiately at LSU and Arkansas, led through all seven events in compiling 5,740 points. Sami Spenner, who had a standout collegiate career at Omaha University, was second with 5,537. Former Central College standout Kurtis Brondyke won his second Drake Relays decathlon title thanks to a score of 7600 points. The 2014 Drake Relays champion, Brondyke won five of the 10 events to become the ninth athlete in meet history to win multiple titles in the decathlon. Brondyke is now an assistant coach under Kip Janvrin, who won 15 decathlon titles at the Drake Relays. The Distance Carnival opened with Oklahoma State has racing to a victory in the women’s 4×1600 relay. The Cowgirls held off Wisconsin throughout the race and finished in 19:07.13. In what became a two-team race, Wisconsin crossed the finish in 19:10.15. Minutes later, Oklahoma State completed a sweep in the 4×1600 relay. Thompson passed Wisconsin ace Morgan McDonald on the final carry and lifted the Cowboys to the men’s title in 16:18.00– the fastest time at the Relays since 1990.Audrey Miller of Loras made her 10,000 meters debut at the Blue Oval on Thursday, where she won the women’s race in 34:53.98. An All-American in indoor track this spring, Miller’s time ranks third in Division III this season. In the men’s 10,000 meters, Missouri senior Drew White celebrated his 23rd birthday in style — with a Drake Relays championship. White ran his fastest 10,000 meters ever to win the men’s race in 29:41.10. That’s more than a minute faster than his previous best of 30:48.44 at the 2014 SEC Championships.In the afternoon’s high school field events, the boys’ shot put was one for the ages. For the first time in Drake Relays history, four athletes launched throws more than 60 feet in the boy’s shot put. Mt. Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs won the competition with a throw of 66-3 ½, which ranks sixth in the country this year. Wirfs’ mark ranks second in Relays history trailing only Cedar Rapids Jefferson Doug Lane’s meet record of 67-2 ¼. Last year’s champion in the boys shot put, Wirfs became the 12th in meet history to win back-to-back Drake Relays titles in the boys shot put. Jared Brinkman of Regina placed second with a heave of 65-2 ½, which ranks third in Drake Relays history and is the best throw in meet history by a runner-up. William Blaser of Western Dubuque was third with a mark of 62-1 ¾ while Kingsley Pierson/Woodbury Central’s Nick Phelps was fourth with a toss of 60-9.Season leader J’Von Harris of Oskaloosa cleared 6-feet, 9-inches to win the boys high jump, a dramatic improvement over his performance at last year’s Drake Relays. Harris’ mark was just short of the state-leading 6-10 he cleared earlier this month. At last year’s Relays, Harris cleared only the opening height of 6-1 and finished 20th. He missed three attempts at 7 feet, a mark that has been reached only five times in the Relays high school division.Action resumes on the Blue Oval Friday morning at 8 a.m. and continues all day before concluding with Hy-Vee Night at the Relays featuring seven Rio Olympic Rematch events.Print Friendly Version Friday Startlist Thursday Results (PDF) Thursday Results (HTML) Story Links Thursday Interviews Thursday Results (TXT) Photo Gallery Thursday Notes last_img read more