Drake Relays

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Drake Relays
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Sport Track and field
Founded 1910
Country United States
Official website Official website

The Drake Relays (officially the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee) is an outdoor track and field event held in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, in Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. It is regarded as one of the top track and field events in the United States.[1]

History[edit]

The inaugural Drake Relays were held in 1910. The first meet drew just 100 spectators and 82 athletes, all from Des Moines-area colleges and high schools. The second year, however, drew 250 athletes and a crowd of some 500 spectators. In 1914, the Relays saw its first world record set. By 1922, the Relays had been expanded into a two-day event that drew 10,000 fans and became the first major track and field event broadcast on the radio. For the 1926 Relays, Drake Stadium was completed on the site of the prior host, Haskins Field.[2]

Women's events were added beginning in 1961 with Wilma Rudolph competing in the 100 meters.[3] The 1966 Relays began a streak of 48 consecutive Saturdays with a sellout.[4] In 1969, a $175,000 tartan track was installed. The events at the Relays would go metric beginning in 1976; the track was rebuilt in a 400-meter oval in 1978. The track oval was resurfaced in 1983 and was renamed the "Jim Duncan Track" to honor the long time relays public address announcer in 1988.

Hundreds of Olympic gold medalists have competed at Drake Stadium including Bruce Jenner, Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Frank Shorter, Gwen Torrence, and Jeremy Wariner.[5] Hundreds more Drake Relays competitors have gone onto compete in the Olympic Games, including 113 former athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games.[6]

In 2006, a Friday night session was added for the first time.[7] In 2010, the Grand Blue Mile, a one-mile road race in downtown Des Moines, was added as the first athletic event.[8] The current week of festivities begins with a parade on Saturday, continues with a Beautiful Bulldog Contest (Drake's mascot) on Monday, the Grand Blue Mile on Tuesday, and an indoor pole vault on Wednesday[9] with the decathlon and heptathlon beginning Wednesday and concluding alongside the distance carnival on Thursday.

In November 2012, Midwest grocer Hy-Vee was announced as the presenting sponsor beginning with the 104th running of the Drake Relays in 2013. Through the sponsorship, the Relays will offer a $50,000 purse in running events and $25,000 purse in field events, making the Drake Relays the richest athletics event in the United States. Further, 90 minutes of action were aired on ESPN2 and an additional two hours on ESPN3.[10] The 2013 field saw 25 Olympic medalists in total.[11]

In addition to serving as a track meet, the Relays serves as a second homecoming for the university[12] and sees wider community events, such as a student street painting and a downtown Des Moines block party.

Drake Stadium[edit]

Main article: Drake Stadium

Opened in 1925, the 14,557-seat stadium and its famous blue oval have hosted the Relays since 1926. A $15 million renovation in 2006 reduced capacity from 18,000 seats in order to expand the lanes, allow fans to watch throwing and running at the same time, and allow for more hosting of events.[7]

Relays Directors[edit]

Eleven men have claimed the role of director of the Drake Relays since the very first officially organized track and field event took place more than 100 years ago back in the year 1910. In 2009, the day before the 100th anniversary of the relays, there was a phenomenal firework show put on by the area Girl Scouts to honor the Veterans of wars past fought.

  • John L. Griffith 1910-1918
    Griffith was the founder of the Drake Relays. He remained director for 9 years and moved to the University of Illinois after World War I. He later became commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.
  • M.B. Banks 1919-1921
    Banks also served as coach to the Drake football and basketball teams.
  • K.L. (Tug) Wilson 1922-1925
    Wilson was a former Illinois and Olympic athlete. After his tenure as director, he went on to become athletic director at Northwestern University. Wilson was also a former Big Ten Conference commissioner.
  • O.M. (Ossie) Solem 1926-1932
    Longtime Drake coach succeeded Wilson, but left to become head football coach at the University of Iowa, and later at Syracuse University.
  • F.P. (Pitch) Johnson 1933-1940
  • M.E. (Bill) Easton 1941-1947
  • Tom Deckard 1948-1955
  • Bob Karnes 1956-1969
  • Bob Ehrhart 1970-2000
  • Mark Kostek 2001-2005
  • Brian Brown 2006–present
    Brown participated in the relays himself and currently holds the Drake Relays record in the high jump. Each year Brown attempts to have his record broken by recruiting some of the best high jumpers in the country, but none have been able to take down his record.

Meet Records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.01 (+1.9 m/s) Harvey Glance  United States 24 April 1976 [13]
200 m 20.02 (+1.7 m/s) Wallace Spearmon  United States 28 April 2012 [14]
400 m 44.41 Michael Johnson  United States 27 April 1996 [15]
800 m 1:45.86 Randy Wilson  United States 28 April 1978 [16]
1500 m 3:38.27 Steve Scott  United States 28 April 1984 [17]
Mile 3:51.71 Alan Webb  United States 28 April 2007 [18]
5000 m 13:27.20 Nick Rose  United Kingdom 29 April 1977 [19]
10000 m 28:07.40 Kipsubal Koskei  Kenya 26 April 1980 [20]
110 m hurdles 13.14 (+1.0 m/s) Hansle Parchment  Jamaica 26 April 2014 [21]
400 m hurdles 48.28 Danny Harris  United States 25 April 1986 [22]
3000 m steeplechase 8:31.02 Henry Marsh  United States 30 April 1977 [19]
High jump 2.40 m (7 ft 1014 in) Derek Drouin  Canada 25 April 2014 [21]
Pole vault 5.79 m (18 ft 1134 in) Jeff Hartwig  United States 28 April 2007 [18]
5.80 m (19 ft 014 in) i Björn Otto  Germany 24 April 2013 [23]
Long jump 7.96 m (26 ft 114 in) Ralph Boston  United States 29 April 1961 [24]
Triple jump 16.85 m (55 ft 314 in) Paul Emordi  Nigeria 27 April 1985 [25]
Shot put 22.10 m (72 ft 6 in) Christian Cantwell  United States 29 April 2006 [26]
Discus throw 64.32 m (211 ft 014 in) Mac Wilkins  United States 28 April 1978 [16]
Hammer Throw 72.77 m (238 ft 834 in) Libor Charfreitag  Slovakia 27 April 2002 [27]
Cory Martin  United States 26 April 2008 [27]
Decathlon 8198 pts Kip Janvrin  United States 25 April 1996 [15]
10.96 (100 m), 7.20 m (long jump), 13.72 m (shot put), 1.98 m (high jump), 48.57 (400 m) /
14.70 (110 m hurdles), 43.16 m (discus), 4.95 m (pole vault), 58.02 m (javelin), 4:11.63 (1500 m)
4×100 m relay 38.96 University of Alabama
Emmit King
Lamar Smith
Calvin Smith
Walter Monroe

 United States
 United States
 United States
 United States
30 April 1983 [28]
4×200 m relay 1:20.53 University of Texas-El Paso
Obadele Thompson
Milton Mallard
Hayden Stephen
Andrew Tynes

 Barbados
 United States
 United States
 Bahamas
30 April 1994 [29]
4×400 m relay 3:00.78 Southern Illinois University
Parry Duncan
Tony Adams
Elvis Forde
Michael Franks

 United States
 United States
 Barbados
 United States
28 April 1984 [17]
4×800 m relay 7:14.89 University of Nebraska
Gerard O'Callaghan
Glen Cunningham
Regis Humphrey
Jean Verster

 Ireland
 United States
 United States
 South Africa
26 April 1985 [25]
4×110m Shuttle hurdles relay 55.06 Indiana State University
Jeff Martin
Ryan Johnson
Larry Hines
Aubrey Herring

 United States
 United States
 United States
 United States
28 April 2001 [30]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 11.06 (0.0 m/s) LaShauntea Moore  United States 24 April 2010 [31]
200 m 22.40 (+0.7 m/s) Gwen Torrence  United States 30 April 1994 [32]
400 m 50.64 Lillie Leatherwood-King  United States 25 April 1987 [33]
800 m 2:01.68 Suzy Favor-Hamilton  United States 27 April 1998 [34]
1500 m 4:03.35 Jennifer Simpson  United States 26 April 2013 [35]
Mile 4:40.2 Francie Larrieu-Smith  United States 27 April 1975 [36]
3000 m 8:56.03 Suzy Favor-Hamilton  United States 27 April 2002 [34]
5000 m 15:31.18 Cathy Branta-Easker  United States 27 April 1985 [25]
10000 m 32:57.38 Patti Murray  United States 28 April 1988 [37]
100 m hurdles 12.58 (+0.2 m/s) Kristin Castlin  United States 26 April 2014 [21]
400 m hurdles 54.41 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 27 April 2013 [38]
3000 m steeplechase 8:31.02 Ida Nilsson  Sweden 23 April 2004 [39]
High jump 1.98 m Chaunte Lowe  United States 28 April 2012 [40]
Pole vault 4.85 m Yarisley Silva  Cuba 26 April 2013 [41]
4.82 m i Yarisley Silva  Cuba 24 April 2013 [42]
Long jump 6.78 m Aisha James  United States 26 April 2003 [43]
Triple jump 13.81 m Shani Marks  United States 26 April 2003 [43]
Shot put 18.67 m Nadine Kleinert  Germany 24 April 2010 [44]
Discus throw 64.38 m Becky Breisch  United States 24 April 2010 [45]
Hammer throw 63.77 m Florence Ezeh  Togo 27 April 2002 [34]
Heptathlon 6040 pts Diana Pickler  United States 21–22 April 2009 [46]
13.63 (0.0 m/s) (100 m hurdles), 1.78 m (high jump), 12.08 m (shot put), 24.48 (+1.7 m/s) (200 m) /
6.14 m (+1.0 m/s) (long jump), 41.39 m (javelin), 2:16.73 (800 m)
[47]
4×100 m relay 43.58 University Of Texas
Morgan Snow
Allison Peter
Christy Udoh
Chalonda Goodman

 United States
 United States Virgin Islands
 Nigeria
 United States
28 April 2012 [48]
4×200 m relay 43.58 Texas Southern University
Linda Eseimokumoh
Beatrice Utondu
Dyan Webber
Mary Onyali

 Nigeria
 Nigeria
 United States
 Nigeria
28 April 1989 [49]
4×400 m relay 3:28.63 University of Arkansas
Regina George
Shelise Williams
Gwendolyn Flowers
Brittany Hyter

 Nigeria
 United States
 United States
 United States
30 April 2011 [50]
4×800 m relay 8:27.42 University Of Minnesota
Julie Schwengler
Jamie Cheever
Gabrielle Anderson
Heather Dorniden

 United States
 United States
 United States
 United States
27 April 2007 [51]
4×100m Shuttle hurdles relay 52.50 Academy of Art University
Vashti Thomas
Briana Stewart
Dinesha Bean
Julian Purvis

 United States
 United States
 United States
 United States
27 April 2013 [52]

Future Dates[edit]

  • 106th Annual Drake Relays - April 23–25, 2015
  • 107th Annual Drake Relays - April 28–30, 2016

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://ddr.lib.drake.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/du-relays/id/1098/rec/1
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  20. ^ "1980 results". www.drakerelays.org. 26 April 1980. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
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  30. ^ "2001 results". www.drakerelays.org. 28 April 2001. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
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  47. ^ "Heptathlon Results". www.godrakebulldogs.com. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  48. ^ "Eleven Records Fall On Final Day Of 2012 Drake Relays Before Record-Tying Crowd Of 14,504". www.godrakebulldogs.com. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  49. ^ "1989 results". www.drakerelays.org. 29 April 1989. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  50. ^ "Total Of 14 Records Broken At 102nd Drake Relays". www.godrakebulldogs.com. 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  51. ^ "2007 results". www.drakerelays.org. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  52. ^ "4x100 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay Results". www.nmnathletics.com. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 

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