first_img Victories by former Drake standouts Reed Fischer and Brogan Austin highlighted Thursday night’s Distance Carnival in the 110th running of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Teddy Frid, who is redshirting at Minnesota this year, won the decathlon with 7,478 points. Tipton’s Jamie Kofron repeated as the girls shot put champion, throwing 147-8, the best mark in the state this year. Story Links Minnesota sophomore Alec Basten closed with a 61-second final lap to finish second in 13:53.30. Elite/Invitational Fields Friday Heat Sheets Thursday Notes A four-time Missouri Valley Conference champion during his days with the Bulldogs, Fischer pulled away from Tinman Elite teammate Connor Winter on the next-to-last lap to win in 13:51.84, joining St. Cloud State’s Van Nelson as a three-time winner. Nelson won in 1966, ’67 and ’68. Darby Thomas of Council Bluffs Lincoln won the girls long jump for the third year in a row at 19 feet even, just the third time an athlete has strung together three consecutive titles in the event. All five of her legal jumps in the competition were better than anyone else in the competition. The annual distance carnival was contested in front of 8,756 fans, a record for the Thursday session of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The action on the Blue Oval warmed up the iconic venue as Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, also unveiled the final elite invitational fields. Those event fields are available here. Thursday Photos Austin, a five-time MVC champion with the Bulldogs, was never challenged in the 10,000, his second distance victory at the Relays. He won the 5000 back in 2013. Austin also earned a major victory last December when he won the USA Marathon Championship in Sacramento. Fischer raced to his third straight victory in the men’s 5000 to wrap up the session, becoming just the second runner to win the race three years in a row. Earlier, Austin cruised to a comfortable victory in the 10,000 with his best time ever in the event. Emily Dearman, a former NCAA Division II national champion at Pittsburg State in Kansas, won the heptathlon with 5,926 points, which is the fifth-best total by a U.S. athlete this year and ranks ninth in the world. Her victory comes after she finished second in the pentathlon at the USA Indoor Championships in March. Action resumes on the Blue Oval at 8 a.m. Friday morning with the boys and girls preliminary heats of the 100 and 110 hurdles.   Print Friendly Version Thursday Results (PDF) Thursday Results (HTML) Freshman Ashlyn Keeney of Iowa City Liberty highlighted the high school action with a blistering victory in the girls 3000. Keeney ran away from the pack to win in 9:39.64, the fastest time ever by an Iowa freshman and the eighth fastest ever by an American prep freshman. Her time also ranks fourth on Iowa’s all-time list.last_img

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