The men’s track and field squad came out with three first-place finishes in day two of the Iowa State Open on Saturday.
Sophomore Brogan Austin took home the 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:26.99. His time barely edged out Adam Godwin of Oklahoma Baptist University by two-hundredths of a second.
“Brogan (Austin) had a solid weekend with a good distance medley relay leg last night and a competitive 3,000-meter race today,” said distance coach Dan Hostager in a Drake athletics press release.
The Bulldogs also claimed the 4×400 relay title, thanks to the squad of seniors Jon DeGrave and Shaun James, junior Dan Karys and sophomore Travis Marsh. The squad won the race in 3:15.57.
Freshman Conor Wells made a splash in his first track meet as a Bulldog. The freshman finished the 3,000-meter race in 8:58.57 to take home the victory.
Along with their success in the 4×400 relay, Marsh and Karys had notable finishes in the triple jump and in hurdles.
Karys recorded 45 feet 0.50 inches to earn a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. Marsh finished in 10th place of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55.
On Friday, the Bulldogs gathered three top-five finishes in day one of the ISU Open.
The distance medley “A” relay squad of seniors Charlie Lapham, Jon DeGrave, Matt Jurysta and sophomore Omet Kak finished in second place with a time of 9:56.31. They edged out both the Iowa State “A” and “B” squads by more than five seconds.
Junior Isaac Twombly finished third with his heave of 57 feet 1.5 inches and Karys finished in fourth place in the long jump at 22 feet 7.25 inches.
The Bulldogs will travel next to Lawrence, Kan. to take part in the Jayhawk Classic next Friday (Jan. 27).
The women’s track and field squad had a successful showing in the second day of competition at the Iowa State Open on Saturday.
Freshman Mariel Fulton earned a second-place finish in the seeded 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:29.63.
Juniors Sarah Yeager and Briana Isom-Brummer garnered top-eight finishes in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Yeager finished in sixth place with a time of 9.08, while Isom-Brummer finished in eighth place with a time of 9.22.
The Drake 4×400 relay team of juniors Marissa Smith, Whitney Westrum, Yeager and Isom-Brummer earned a sixth-place finish with a final time of 3:57.96.
On Friday, the Bulldogs registered a couple of impressive performances in day one of the ISU Open.
Smith finished with a time of 26.06 in the 200-meter dash to take home 19th-place. Sophomore Tiara Winston finished 32nd with a time of 26.92 in the event.
In the distance medley relay, the Drake “A” squad of Fulton, Westrum, freshman Melissa Parks and senior Kirsten Lake finished in eighth place with a time of 12:28.68.
The Bulldogs will travel next to Lawrence, Kan. to take part in the Jayhawk Classic next Friday (Jan.27).