First set of Relays competitors announced

February 26, 2015 5:12 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

The biggest event on Drake’s campus every year is the Drake Relays and the first set of athletes for the 2015 competitions have been announced.

The roster will include 12 Olympic medalists, including five gold medal winners and four world record holders.

Aries Merrit is the current world record holder in the 110 meter hurdles, which he set with a time of 12.8 seconds at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Another world record holder is American pole-vaulter and Olympic gold medalist, Jenn Suhr. She set her record at the USA Championships on March 2, 2013, clearing a height of 5.02 meters.

Richard Browne currently holds the world record for the T44 Men’s 200 meter sprint. The T44 category denotes athletes who have lost one of their legs or have an equivalent handicap. Brown lost his leg in 2009, but has persevered and set the T44 world record in April, 2014 with a time of 21.91 seconds in the 200 meter.

However, Suhr is currently ranked third in the world in the women’s pole vault, edged by Cuban Yarisley Silva, who sits at number two in the rankings. Silva’s performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics earned her the silver medal behind Suhr, while Silva became the first Latin American to medal her event.

Three world number ones will compete at the Relays as well.

Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie is the current world record holder in the men’s pole vault with a height of 6.16 meters, which has helped him earn his number one ranking. Lavillenie won in the pole vault last year at the Drake Relays and is looking to defend his title this time around.

Number one ranked Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France will face off with Aries Merrit in the 110 meter hurdles. Martinot-Lagarde’s personal best is just .15 seconds behind Aries Merrit’s record and he hopes to take that title away from his counterpart at the Relays.

American LaShawn Merritt is the third world number one set to appear at the Relays and will be competing in the Men’s 400 meter sprint.

The competition already looks tough for the meets in April, and there are still nearly two months of preparation left until the Relays begin.

Bulldogs force overtime, but fall to Loyola

5:06 PM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

JACOB ENEVOLD JENSEN fights through a double team Wednesday against Loyola. Jensen finished with a career high 21 points, but the Bulldogs lost in overtime, 80-75. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

JACOB ENEVOLD JENSEN fights through a double team Wednesday against Loyola. Jensen finished with a career high 21 points, but the Bulldogs lost in overtime, 80-75. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

In the final game at the Knapp Center this season, the Drake Bulldogs fell to the Loyola Ramblers in overtime, 80-75.

This loss means that Drake will remain in seventh place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a record of 6-11 in the conference and 9-20 overall.

Jacob Enevold Jensen led the way with a career high 21 points and eight rebounds, shooting a perfect nine of nine from the field. Reed Timmer scored 15 points and Chris Caird chipped in 12 of his own to lead the way for the Bulldogs.

“This was (Enevold’s) best night offensively all year, maybe since he’s been at Drake,” Coach Ray Giacoletti said after the game.

In the first half, senior Trevor Berkeley started off hot, scoring the Bulldogs first five points. The low post defense got a huge boost with back-to-back blocks by Jensen and Berkeley on the same possession, leading to a Karl Madison layup on the other end.

Scoring picked up at the 10:07 mark as Jordan Daniels hit the first of four consecutive three pointers by Drake, giving the Bulldogs a nine point lead with 8:14 remaining.

However, the run ended as Christian Thomas fueled a Rambler comeback with back-to-back baskets, part of his twelve points in the half.

Drake scored their last points of the half on a Chris Caird three with 2:21 on the clock, but Loyola responded with a 9-0 run. After twenty minutes, Drake trailed 35-30, with momentum mounted against them.

“We have to get better defensively. We need to trust each other and buckle down on that end,” Timmer said.

The second half started with one plan from Drake offensively, get the ball to the big guy, Jensen. The seven-foot sophomore scored eight points in the first seven minutes, keeping Drake in the game despite some hot shooting from Loyola.

Rebounding continued to be a struggle as Loyola pulled down 26 boards, compared to 18 for the Bulldogs.

Momentum shifted slightly when Gary Ricks drained a three from the left corner on a skip pass from Reed Timmer through two Loyola defenders with just over 11 minutes left in the game, closing the gap to five. Giacoletti switched the defensive gameplan to a 2-3 zone soon after in an attempt to give the Bulldogs the upper hand.

Drake’s offense started clicking as the half progressed thanks to clutch shooting from beyond the three-point arc.

The Bulldog defense started to come alive late as they kept up with the Loyola defense, creating problems for Loyola, who struggled to find the open looks that they had had in the first half.

The Bulldogs tied the game on a rebound and put-back from Jensen with 7:17 left, energizing the crowd.

Drake’s tough defense continued as no shot went uncontested, Jensen and Caird holding the fort inside as the Bulldogs earned their first lead of the game. However, Loyola came back and tied the game at 65 with a three from Ben Richardson with just over three minutes left.

Earl Peterson gave Loyola the lead with 59 seconds remaining with a baseline jumper, and Drake responded with a Timmer runner to tie it back up. A last second shot by Peterson fell short and the game proceeded to overtime, 67-67.

Loyola scored the first bucket of the extra period. Drake responded by continuing the strategy of getting the ball to Jensen, the sophomore touching the ball on every possession.

However, Loyola was able to match a Jensen’s offense with some scores of their own, putting Drake with a four-point disadvantage going into the final minute.

Drake’s offense struggled as the game wound down and Loyola’s free throws sealed the deal. The Ramblers left the Knapp Center with a victory and a season sweep with a final score of 80-75.

“We’ve got one more opportunity to improve before the tournament,” Giacoletti said.

The opportunity Giacoletti is referring to is Saturday’s game as the Bulldogs travel to Southern Illinois on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. matchup with the Salukis, the last game of the regular season.

Bulldogs take two losses against ranked opponents

3:00 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

The Drake Women’s Tennis team had a rough weekend, falling to Minnesota on Friday and then to Dartmouth on Saturday, both matches ending 2-5.

Minnesota was ranked 70th in the nation going into their match against the Bulldogs. Dartmouth was ranked 46th.

“Even though we lost, it was against very tough teams,” freshman Summer Brills said.

Minnesota took the doubles point in two matches before moving on to the singles matches.

Junior Mariel Ante took the first singles point of the match for the Bulldogs. She fell in the first set in a tiebreaker, but came back with a 6-4 second set victory and sealed the deal with a 10-5 win in the third set.

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Men’s Tennis falls to Denver on Saturday

11:30 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

BEN STRIDE celebrates in match against South Alabama on Feb. 8. Stride won his match against Denver on Saturday 6-5, 7-5 in the sixth spot, but that effort was not enough to earn the Bulldogs the victory. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

BEN STRIDE celebrates in match against South Alabama on Feb. 8. Stride won his match against Denver on Saturday 6-5, 7-5 in the sixth spot, but that effort was not enough to earn the Bulldogs the victory. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The Bulldogs traveled to Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the hopes of taking down Denver, but a strong showing from the Pioneers put an end to that dream.

Drake took another doubles point to open the match behind a 7-6 (7-2) victory from seniors Alen Salibasic and Ben Mullis.

“Me and Alen have a lot of experience to bring to the table, played together for a lot last year,” Mullis said.

That momentum carried into the beginning of the singles matches, but did not last long.

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Bulldogs dominate in MVC matchup with Missouri State on Senior Day

February 25, 2015 1:15 PM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

KARL MADISON dribbles at the top of the key on Sunday’s game against Missouri State for Senior Day in front of a crowd of over 3,600. Madison was one of five seniors honored, along with Trevor Berkeley, Chris Caird, Jordan Daniels and Gary Ricks Jr. Madison has averaged 2.36 assists per game in his senior season, a career high for the redshirt senior. COLBEY HANISCH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

KARL MADISON dribbles at the top of the key on Sunday’s game against Missouri State for Senior Day in front of a crowd of over 3,600. Madison was one of five seniors honored, along with Trevor Berkeley, Chris Caird, Jordan Daniels and Gary Ricks Jr. Madison has averaged 2.36 assists per game in his senior season, a career high for the redshirt senior. COLBEY HANISCH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Men’s Basketball continued their upward ascent in the Missouri Valley Conference as they defeated Missouri State who fell to 10-18 overall and 4-12 in conference play on Sunday by a score of 78-43. The victory became Drake’s fifth win in eight games.

“This group has refocused, taken each day one at a time and they have gotten better,” coach Ray Giacoletti said. “A lot of groups would have splintered, but these guys have listened and bought into our system.”

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Ingle named to Nancy Lieberman Award, PG of the year watch list

February 22, 2015 8:30 AM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

CAITLIN INGLE battles in Friday’s victory. Ingle nearly earned her second triple-double of the season in the game against UNI. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

CAITLIN INGLE battles in Friday’s victory. Ingle nearly earned her second triple-double of the season in the game against UNI. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

With great success comes great rewards, and the rewards are beginning to roll in as the Drake Women’s Basketball team continues their run through the Missouri Valley.

Caitlin Ingle has been placed on the watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award. The award is given out to the best point guard in America as judged by a panel composed of the media, coaches, administrators and women’s basketball Hall of Famers.

“I’m honored to be on that list,” Ingle said. “It’s hard to take over a team as a freshman, but getting the feel of the team has helped me this year and will help for years to come.”

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