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Area Athletes Fare Well at Drake Friday

Most local scheduled events were cancelled or postponed yesterday, however the rain didn’t stop the Drake Relays, and despite the wet, sometimes miserable conditions, it was a successful day for area athletes on the “ Blue Oval”.

Pella’s Brett Bogaard qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash and finished seventh overall with a time of 11.50 and earns the first Drake Relays medal for a Pella boys runner since 2003, two more area events are guaranteed to bring home medals today as the Pella girls 4×400 team of Nadine Van Zomeren, Kati Sunderman, Maddy Davis and Marielle Gaiser set a new school record yesterday and qualified for today’s final with their time of 4:03.54 and the Knoxville boys 4×400 team of Austin Houser, Alex Edwards, Reed Long and Harlyn Sytsma also qualified for today’s finals with their time of 3:25.02. The girls final will be at 5:41pm and the boys follow at 5:49pm.

In other action yesterday at Drake, Lindsay Hoehns of Twin Cedars finished 12th in the long jump, the Knoxville boys medley finished 13th, and their 4×200 was 22nd, and the Pella girls, PCM girls, Knoxville boys and PCM boys all competed in the 4×100 relay but were unable to qualify those events for the finals.

Today’s schedule includes the Knoxville and Pella boys competing in the 4×800 relay just after 11am, Zach Wittenberg of Pella runs the 1600 just after 2:20pm and the Pella girls and Knoxville boys close the day in the 4×400 finals.

For a complete look at results so far for area athletes at the Drake Relays, go to our website, click sports and select the Drake Relays Schedules/Results story at the top of the page.