By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The 2018 Drake Relays High School list of qualifiers were released on Saturday.
Despite the poor non-Spring like weather postponing and canceling track meets across the state this Track and Field season, not even more snow and cold than usual could stop athletes from qualifying for the Relays which are slated to take place later this week.
Drake Relays officials adopted a new method of qualification called the “Blue Standard” this year. The method established a set of performances based on recent times, heights and distances that would allow student-athlete’s to qualify. Any athlete who achieved those marks earned an automatic spot this year and could rest easier if their other meets were canceled.
Here is a look at the KMCH Sports coverage area qualifiers:
DRAKE RELAYS QUALIFIERS
Avery Martensen, Monticello
Freddie Hosch, Western Dubuque
Western Dubuque, Beckman and Monticello
Western Dubuque and Beckman
Western Dubuque, Beckman
1,600-METER DISTANCE RELAY
Michael Keegan, Beckman; Grant Kelchen, Western Dubuque
Damon Jaeger, Western Dubuque; Zack Butcher, Western Dubuque
Harrison Goebel, West Delaware
Elayna Bahl, Western Dubuque; Heather Boeckenstedt, Beckman
4×100 METER RELAY
Beckman, Monticello and Western Dubuque
4×400 METER RELAY
Western Dubuque and Independence
4×800 METER RELAY
SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY
Olivia Nebergall, Anamosa
High School events will be held Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.