Simpson, Kendricks Shine Under the Lights at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays

first_img Results (HTML) Morning Photos Results (TXT) Notes Night Photos Afternoon Photos center_img Story Links Mixed Zone Interviews Results (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa native Jimmy Simpson broke the American record in the 2-mile while Sam Kendricks broke the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays on Friday in front of an energized Drake Stadium.  Simpson, the bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympics, shattered Shannon Rowbury’s old American record as the Webster City, Iowa, native crossed the line in 9:16.78, topping Rowbury’s previous best by almost four seconds. Simpson used a final lap of 63 seconds to add the American outdoor 2-mile record to her list of accolades that includes the American indoor two-mile record.It marked the first time an American record was broken at the Drake Relays since the quartet of Brianna Rollins, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Queen Harrison and Kristi Castlin ran the shuttle hurdle relay in 50.50 in 2015.Sam Kendricks defended his Drake Relays title in the invitational pole vault with a Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record jump of 19-1 ½, topping Jeff Hartwig’s best jump of 19-0 3/4 at the 2007 Drake Relays. The bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, Kendricks now ranks No. 4 in the world in the event. Finishing second was South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen, who soared 18-11 ½.In the women’s elite high jump, Vashti Cunningham cleared 6-4 ¼ to win her first Drake Relays title as her clearance ranks No. 2 in the world.The men’s pole vault record was one of five Drake Relays records to fall on Friday as a Relays record fell in the first minute of action. Waukee’s Sydney Winger broke the girls’ 100 hurdles record, crossing the line in 14.19 in the prelims before finishing the finals in 14.31 to win the white flag.The Linn-Mar sprint medley relay squad of Chana Northrup, Olivia Hubler, Jill Bennett and Payton Wensel ran an all-time Iowa best time of 1:44.07, a time that ranks No. 2 in the country this year.The Cedar Rapids Jefferson quartet of Josue Bokoyo, Mitch Hall, Ezeki Leggins and James Baugh not only broke the Drake Relays record in the 4×200 in the morning with a time of 1:27.14, but hours later they ran the fastest 4×100 time in relays history of 42.02 in the prelims Friday night.In collegiate action, Purdue and Iowa State won three titles on Friday while Iowa and Ohio State each won a pair of crowns.For the Boilermakers, senior Micaela Hazlewood won the women’s discus with a school-record toss of 188-1, All-American sprinter Brionna Thomas won the women’s 200 meters in 22.99 and freshman Rahman Minor won the men’s high jump with a mark of 7-1.The Cyclones swept the men’s and women’s 4×800 relays, marking the third time the feat has occurred at the Drake Relays. The ISU quartet of Festus Lagat, Roshon Roomes, Frank Hayes and Jaymes Dennison finished the men’s 4×800 in 7:27.98 after the group of ­ Evelyne Guay, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Larkin Chapman and Jasmine Staebler won the women’s in 8:36.51. Jhoammy Luque repeated as the Drake Relays women’s long jump champion, soaring 20-11 ¼.Iowa became only the third school to sweep the men’s and women’s shot put at the Drake Relays. Reno Tuufuli won the men’s shot put in the morning, launching the shot 60-8 1/2 before Laulauga Tausaga won the women’s shot put thanks to a school-record toss of 54-11 1/4 on her final attempt.OSU picked up a win in the men’s 200 meters as freshman Eric Harrison crossed the line in 20.59 and Julie Rizk claimed the women’s 1500 meters title in 4:25.22.The final day of the 2018 Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee start on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the girls’ shuttle hurdle relay. Fans can watch the meet live on NBC Sports Network starting at 2 p.m. CT. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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