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2018 Drake Relays wrap up in Des Moines

Apr 30, 2018
Photo by: Rebecca Miller, The Gazette Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Cristoforo (right) heads down the home stretch neck-and-neck with Harlan’s Chloe Hansen (left) in the girls’ 400-meter hurdles on Saturday evening. Cristoforo finished 10th in the event. Hansen was 13th.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


DES MOINES — The Drake Relays wrapped up their annual event on Saturday, April 28. After the area’s field athletes showed off their skills on Thursday, the track qualifiers had their turn on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday morning saw the boys’ 110-meter hurdle heats with Mt. Pleasant’s Jake Lowe advancing to the finals later that day. Lowe’s time of 15.02 seconds was eighth-best, giving him the final qualifying spot. Cole Burns placed 26th in 15.84 seconds and Chase Lamm was 27th in 15.92 seconds.

Lowe finished eighth in the 110-meter finals later that day. He crossed the tape in 16.09 seconds. Ankeny’s Riley Moss won the final race, crossing in 14.04 seconds.

The Mt. Pleasant 4X100 meter relay teams took to the track on Friday as well. The girls’ team of Dani Broeker, Kalynn Batey, Lyndi Vantiger and Avery Sutter finished with a time of 53.52 seconds, giving them a 76th-place finish.

The boys’ squad of Keegan Rich, Rylan Seberg, Khang Truong and William Copeland finished the 4X100 in 45.80 seconds, which was good enough for 71st place, but the Panthers were disqualified. Mt. Pleasant was one of three disqualifications in the event. There were also four DNFs (Did Not Finish).

The Panther boys’ shuttle hurdle team of Rich, Lamm, Burns and Lowe ran on Saturday morning. Mt. Pleasant finished the race in 59.32 seconds, placing seventh overall. That was not good enough to qualify for the finals, which only takes four teams.

Two of the county’s best hurdlers took part in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday evening. Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Cristoforo and New London’s Carson McSorley were both in action.

Cristoforo had her best race of the year so far, crossing the line in 1:06.40, which was good enough for 10th place overall. McSorley, who was in the next heat, crossed the tape in 1:06.67, putting her right behind Cristoforo in 11th.

The weekend’s results set the tone for the race to state, as plenty of Henry County’s best are favored to get back to the blue oval and earn their chance at a state title.

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