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Upperclassmen Lead Drake Menís Track In California

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: April 07, 2012
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Junior Charlie Lapham
Courtesy: Drake Athletics

PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Senior Jon DeGrave (Lake Villa, Ill.) claimed fourth-place in the 400-meter hurdles at the Stanford Invitational this weekend.

DeGrave, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference champion in the 400-meter hurdles, crossed the line in 53.27.

Junior Kevin Harp (Iowa City, Iowa) finished in eighth in the invitational round of the men's javelin with a toss of 196 feet.

Sophomore Brett Wright (Longmont, Colo.) was 34th in the 400-meter dash in 49.83.

Meanwhile, at the San Francisco Distance Carnival, junior Charlie Lapham (Golden Valley, Minn.) ran a personal best of 3:51.55 in the 1500-meters to snare second-place. Sophomore Doug Brady (Cherry Creek, Colo.) was 11th in 3:57.19.

Also competing this weekend for Drake were throwers Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.), Andy Curtis (Manchester, Iowa) and Phillip Beeler (Lenexa, Kan.) at the Jock's Nitch Northwest Open in Maryville, Missouri. Twombly netted two second-place finishes in the hammer throw (152 feet 6 inches) and the discus (163 feet 5 inches). Curtis won the hammer throw in 156 feet 10 inches, while Beeler claimed the javelin crown with a heave of 193 feet 1 inch.

"I am really happy how the team is doing early on in our season" commented head coach Natasha Brown. "It's only the second meet and they are delivering some great performances."

Next up for the Bulldogs is the Jim Duncan Invitational on April 13-14. This marks the first home meet of the season for Drake.

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