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Wariner, Miles to take another shot at Drake Relays


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The list of confirmations from athletes participating in the 102nd Drake Relays continues to grow as the meet approaches.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner is the latest athlete to say he will be running in the blue oval in the 400-meter dash. Wariner won the 400-meter at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was a member of the gold-medal-winning 4-by-400 relay in both 2004 and 2008.

Wariner is the top ranked 400-meter runner in the world after posting three of the top four times during the 2010 season, and he was the 2009 400-meter champion at the Drake Relays with an impressive time of 46.06 seconds.

“The crowd at Drake has always been top notch,” Wariner said. “Whether it’s 45-degree ice or 80 degrees and sunny, [the crowd] is always out there supporting. They just enjoy watching track and field. As long as we are out on the track, they are out there supporting us.”

Two-time U.S. Olympian Derek Miles will return to the 102nd running of the Drake Relays to compete in the pole vault competition at both the Jordan Creek Town Center and at Drake Stadium. Miles has won the Drake Relays special invitational pole vault three times dating back to 2002.

“Drake is always a great meet. It is exciting and fun to be a part of,” Miles said.

The “Pole Vault in the Mall” on April 27 will have a new aspect this year as men and women will be paired together to compete for a team title. The pairings include Miles and April Steiner Bennett; Mark Hollis and Melinda Owen; Brad Walker and Kylie Hutson; Jeremy Scott and Becky Holliday; and Giovanni Lanaro and Jillian Schwartz.

“I think it is an exciting new twist on it,” Miles said about competing as a team at the Jordan Creek Town Center. “It’s kind of another way to bring spice to the whole thing.”


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  1. Justin April 10, 2011

    Wariner did not win the 400M at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The title was won by Lashawn Merritt. Wariner won the silver

  2. Leader67 April 10, 2011

    Thank you Justin Wariner won the gold in 2004 not 2008. For some reason I cannot understand LaShawn Merritt does not get the credit for defeating Wariner at the Olympics and World Champoinships. Everyone blames it on Warner changing coaches, but the truth is LaShawn can run a faster 200 meters than Wariner.

  3. Phil April 11, 2011

    Wariner won gold in Athens in 2004. -1 credibility; -1 fact check.

  4. John Kenedy April 16, 2011

    Leader67—————————Because it was a 400 Meter Race not 200 and because Merritt was taking a banned stimulant.

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