Drake Menís Track and Field Preps for Relays With Host of Meets
What’s Ahead: The Drake men’s track and field team will split up to attend a host of prestigious meets throughout the country this weekend in preparation for the 104th Drake Relays.
The contingent of field athletes will head to Lawrence, Kan. to compete in the Kansas Relays on Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19. Live results will be available through a link at the GoDrakeBulldogs.com homepage as well as twitter updates from the @KU_Relays handle and the #kurelays13 hashtag.
A select group of distance runners will be at the Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. to compete on Friday, April 19.
The remainder of the team will travel east to Iowa City, Iowa for the Musco Twilight meet on Saturday, April 20. First competition is the 110-meter hurdles at 7:05 p.m.
Last Time Out: Senior Kevin Harp (Iowa City, Iowa) and junior Alex Kaster (Omaha, Neb.) claimed two titles for the Drake men’s track and field team at the 37th Jim Duncan Invitational over the weekend.
Harp won the javelin with a throw of 199-11, the best by a Drake thrower this season. Teammate freshman David Silkman (Leawood, Kan.) threw a personal best of 184-5, besting his old record by 10 feet.
Kaster took the triple jump crown with a leap of 45-3.00, which was wind-aided, just three inches shorter than his seasons best. Freshman Sean Buczek (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was fourth with a jump of 42-9.75.
Freshman Scott Goad (Dixon, Ill.) was second in the high jump, hitting the mark at 6-2.75 on his first attempt. Fellow freshman Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also made 6-2.75 but on the second try, to finish fifth.
Freshman Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) had the best showing from a distance runner for Drake. His time of 3:56.14 was good for third in the event and the best time for the Bulldogs on the season.
Sophomore Steven Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) was fourth in the 200 meters in 22.18. Junior Brett Wright (Longmont, Colo.), 48.99, was fourth in the 400 meters and sophomore Ian Wells (Champaign, Ill.), 49.03, was fifth.
Junior Travis Marsh (Ankeny, Iowa) broke 53 seconds for the first time in his career in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third in 52.53. He was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.02.
Seniors Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.) and Dan Karys (Bartlett, Ill.) also claimed top five finishes. Twombly was third in the hammer throw with a toss of 193-0. Karys was fourth in the long jump soaring to a distance of 22-2.25.
The 4x400 relay team of freshman Kai Asberry (Carrollton, Texas), Marsh, Karys, and Wells were second in a time of 3:16.66.
A Year Ago: Charlie Lapham (Golden Vallley, Minn.) snared third place in the 1,500 meters at the Musco Twilight meet. He crossed the finish line in 3:48.10.
Harp won the men’s javelin in his hometown with a heave of 201-9, barely outlasting teammate Phillip Beeler (Lenexa, Kan.) who claimed second with a throw of 201-4.
Twombly broke his school record for the second time in two weeks in the hammer throw with a toss of 180-1 to claim second. Curtis also set a new personal best with a throw of 168.
Kaster was second in the triple jump with a leap of 44-1.5 while Karys was fifth in the long jump at 22-6.25.
Up Next: The Bulldogs will return to Drake Stadium to host the 104th running of the Drake Relays. Events will run from Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27. Drake will also send a contingent to compete in the Kip Janvrin Invitational at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26.