Track And Field Gears Up For UNIís Jack Jennett Invitational
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams will compete in the third meet in as many weeks with the Jack Jennett Invitational and UNI on Friday and Saturday at the UNI-Dome.
A small handful of events start on Friday evening with Bulldogs competing in the pole vault, weight throw and long jump starting at 5 p.m.
Action on Saturday begins in earnest on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the 3,000 meters.
For Drake, the early season meet will serve as an opportunity for many athletes to compete for the first time this season.
“We are getting some athletes back and this meet is even more low-key than last week’s,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser Brown. “We will be getting some athletes back in the mix that haven’t competed since the break and we’ll have the full team competing even though we may give some athletes the week off. In the coming weeks, we’ll have the whole team on the same page.”
“We’re looking for a good turnout with that spring crew to get a feel for where we are right now,” Kaiser-Brown said. “The first few meets we trained through and now we’re trying to line up and get good times to hit the marks for higher-level competitions coming up.”
In the women’s field, Kaiser-Brown anticipates having her nearly full complement of sprinters in the 60 and 200 meters competing as they too try to establish those early season benchmarks.
The Bulldog coaching staff is also looking forward to watching the women’s distance runners continue to develop with Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) potentially joining Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) who has had a strong start to the season.
“Emma Huston has been running great,” Kaiser-Brown said of the sophomore that has set personal bests in the mile and 3,000 meters each of the last two meets, respectively.
In the women’s jumps, Kayla Bell (Bollingbrook, Ill.) aims to build up a season that has seen her finish in the top four of all three triple jump competitions she’s hit the board for including setting a personal best of 38-0 at the Big Four Duals.
“Kayla has been holding steady and we’re looking for something good from her because this is a good facility for the horizontal jumpers,” Kaiser-Brown said of the UNI-Dome’s runways.
Following this weekend’s competition, the Bulldogs continue their indoor season the following week at Nebraska’s Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Feb. 7-8.