Drake Relays Get Underway With First Day of Multi-Events
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2014 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee opened up on Wednesday with the first series of events in the decathlon and heptathlon. Kennesaw State’s Andre Dorsey took the lead in the men’s field through five events with 4,055 points while Urbandale, Iowa, native Lindsay Lettow leads the women’s competition through four events with 3,358 points.
Dorsey’s 228-point lead over Michigan State’s Kurt Schneider is all the more impressive considering that the junior is competing in his first decathlon and Wednesday was the first time he has run both the 100 and 400 meters in a meet.
"I did my first 400 last Saturday,” Dorsey said. “I'm still new to this running thing."
His times of 10.76 and 49.87 in the 100 and 400 meters, respectively, were the fastest turned in on Wednesday. A 7-4 high jumper, he cleared 6-62.5 as competitors battled cool, rainy weather.
Lettow took the lead in the heptathlon on the day’s final event, the 200 meters, with the fastest time of the day at 24.67 to push past Jillian Drouin’s 3,254 point total.
"I am thrilled with my 200 meters,” Lettow said. “For these conditions, I'm very happy with it. I just tried to run big, open and relaxed, do the things I've been working on, and that paid off.”
Lettow will need to finish strong on Thursday as the top four competitors in the event are all within 200 points of each other with Heather Miller Koch (3,212) and Erica Twiss (3,181) in striking distance.
The decathlon resumes on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with the 110-meter hurdles. The heptathlon gets underway with the final three events at 10:30 a.m. with the long jump.
Field events start at 3 p.m. with the boys discus and girls long jump. Running starts at 4 p.m. with the unseeded 800-meter races.