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Lettow and Arnold Lead After The First Day Of The Drake Relays

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: April 24, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines native Lindsay Lettow and Drake Stadium record holder Jake Arnold jumped out to early leads in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively, on the first day of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Wednesday afternoon.

Drake senior Briana Isom-Brunner finished her day tied for seventh in the heptathlon with 2,965 points.

Lettow, who attended Des Moines Christian before winning two NCAA Division II heptathlon titles at Central Missouri, finished in the top three of all four events staged Wednesday to rack up 3,325 points. The 16-time All-American opened the day with a 14.34 finish in the 100-meter hurdles to finish third, followed by a tie for second in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-7.75. She then tacked on a third-place throw of 37-4 in the shot put before finishing her afternoon with a 24.91 time in the 200 meters to finish second.

“I was technically happy with my hurdle race, more than any other time this year,” Lettow said. “It was better today, although we had a pretty rough headwind. I wasn't happy with my time, but it's really nice to be home and competing at Drake Stadium.”

She’ll wrap up heptathlon competition on Thursday starting at 10:30 a.m. with the long jump, followed by the javelin and 800 meters.

“I just want to come out and make sure I'm really warm,” Lettow said of the strategy for Thursday.  “I didn't hit the marks I was hoping to today, but I'm still on an OK pace. I'll just come out and do the best I can in each event and hope to put up a decent score.”

Mississippi’s Fabia McDonald trails Lettow by less than 100 points with 3,133.

In the decathlon, Arnold jumped out the early lead thanks to the top shot put mark of the day at 45-5.75 to put him ahead of Ethan Miller who is lurking in second with 3,687 points through five events.

Arnold, who set the Drake Stadium record with 8,215 points in winning the 2010 USA Championship, opened his day with an 11.26 finish in the 100 meters followed by a 21-5.5 mark in the long jump. He closed out the afternoon with a 6-5 clearance in the high jump and a third-place time of 50.51 in the 400 meters.

“It's still a little early in the season,” Arnold said. “I'm happy with some of my marks, but definitely disappointed in some others, because I've thrown farther and run faster and jumped higher this year already. I just didn't seem to get them done today.”

He will wrap up the decathlon tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. with the 110-meter hurdles followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters.

Once the heptathlon and decathlon wrap up in the early afternoon, the 13th annual Distance Carnival gets underway with the unseeded 800-meter runs at 4 p.m. High school field events will also be on the schedule starting at 3 p.m.

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