By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
DES MOINES ? The 2018 Drake Relays are underway in Des Moines and already some Mt. Pleasant atletes have been able to compete against the best of the best from the state of Iowa.
On Thursday, Keegan Rich impressed crowds during the boys? long jump compeition. Rich finished fourth in the state with a leap of 22.1.25, topping all 3A compeition with the exception of Marion?s Blair Brooks, who won with a 22-8.25.
Rich had his back against the wall on the third jump after faulting on his first two attempts, but he was his best when it mattered most, getting his best jump on the third attempt and earning three more tries. None of his other three attempts out-did his 22-1.25 in the third round, but his fourth-place finish set the tone for the weekend ahead.
Lexie Magnani was able to take her shot at the girls? shot put. She also made her third and final attempt her best, throwing a 37-3.75. That wasn?t good enough to make the finals, but it was good enough for a 17th-place finish, out-throwing seven other Drake qualifiers.
This morning (Friday) marked the start of the boys? 110-meter high hurdles. Jake Lowe, Cole Burns and Chase Lamm were all in action, and Lowe did just well enough to advance to the finals later today.
Lowe finished the race in 15.02 seconds, picking up the eighth and final qualifier spot, narrowly edging Waterloo West?s Deyton Love, who also clocked a 15.02.
Burns finished the race in 15.84 seconds for 26th-place overall. Lamm was right behind him in 27th place, crossing the tape in 15.92 seconds.
Still to come this weekend are the 110-meter high hurdle finals, the boys? shuttle hurdle relay, the 4X100 for both boys? and girls? and the girls? 400-meter hurdles. Henry County has competitors running in all those events.