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Drake Menís Track and Field Squad Opens Calendar Year at Iowa State Open

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: January 15, 2013
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What's Ahead: The Drake men's track and field squad travels to Ames, Iowa this weekend (Jan. 18-19) at Iowa State Open. The meet begins Friday at the Lied Recreation Center at 1 p.m. and will continues Saturday morning.

Last Time Out: The men's track and field squad had impressive showings in the jumps during the first meet of the season at the Cyclone Holiday Preview (12/7/12). Scott Goad finished second in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75. He was followed by Jeff Foreman (Winfield, Ill.) in a tie for sixth and Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in ninth. Both cleared 6-4.75 with Foreman finishing higher with fewer misses.

Alex Kaster (Omaha, Neb.) finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 45-6.50 with teammate Sean Duczek right behind him in fourth in 43-11.75.

The relay squad of Ian Wells (Champaign, Ill.), Brett Wright (Longmont, Colo.), Travis Marsh (Ankeny, Iowa) and Dan Karys (Bartlett, Ill.) combined for a time of 2:18.23 to finish third in the 4x300-meter relay.

A Year Ago: The men's track and field squad claimed three titles at the Iowa State Open (1/20/12) at the Lied Recreation Center.

Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) won the seeded 3,000-meter race in 8:26.99, winning his first competition of the season. Teammate Conor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) won the non-seeded 3,000-meter race in 8:58.57.

The 4x400-meter relay squad of Marsh, Karys, Jon DeGrave, and Shaun James won their race in 3:15.57.

The Drake men's distance medley "A" relay squad of seniors Charlie Lapham (Golden Valley, Minn.), DeGrave, Matt Jurysta and Omet Kak (Des Moines, Iowa) finished second in 9:56.31.

Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.) finished in third in the weight throw with a heave of 57 feet and 1.5 inches.

Karys soared to 22-7.25 inches in the long jump to finish fourth.

Up Next: The Bulldogs will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa January 26 for the Jack Jennett Invitational.
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