Thursday, May 5, 2011
What's Ahead: In its final tune-up before the conference meet, the Drake men's track and field team will return to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the Razorback Twilight. The first event on Friday (May 6) at John McDonnell Field starts at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out: Drake had their hands full with two meets last weekend (April 27-30) with athletes competing at both the Drake Relays and the Kip Janvrin Open.
In his first 10,000-meter race of his collegiate career, freshman Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) finished second at the 102nd running of the Drake Relays.
Austin ran the 25-lap circuit in a time of 29:54.96, the fourth-best time this season in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Sophomore Kevin Harp (Iowa City, Iowa) broke his school record in the men's javelin with his throw of 208 feet 7 inches to finish eighth while freshman Phillip Beeler (Lenexa, Kan.) netted a 20th-place showing with a toss of 185 feet 3 inches.
Junior Jon DeGrave (Lake Villa, Ill.) ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 400 hurdles crossing the line in 50.91 to place sixth. It marks a personal best for the junior and the 14th-best time in the nation.
Freshman Omet Kak (Des Moines, Iowa) ran a personal best time in the 1500 finishing in 3:48.30, which is the best time in the MVC this season and earned the Des Moines native a fourth-place finish.
Sophomore Dan Karys (Bartlett, Ill.) soared 23 feet 11 inches in the men's long jump to nab 14th place.
Another Drake record fell during the Kip Janvrin Open when sophomore Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.) broke the school-record in the hammer throw with a toss of 168 feet.
Up Next: Drake will compete at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track And Field Championship from May 13-15 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.