A Drake Relays champion and a pair of broken records have given our local high school athletes a great start at the 2012 Drake Relays.
Knoxville’s Derek Seddon got the action started with a 171-foot heave in the Discus, taking the lead – but he wasn’t done yet. On his final throw of the competition, Seddon unleashed a 172-foot, 2-inch throw; setting a new Knoxville High School record and winning the competition. He is the sixth Drake Relays champion in Knoxville history, and the first since 1997.
At nearly the same time, Pella High’s Zach Buchheit started his first of eight laps on the famed Blue Oval in the 3200 Meters. The senior finished in 9:22, topping a 32-year-old Pella High school record by a whopping ten seconds and taking fourth place.
Today, Pella High’s Marielle Gaiser and Jace Versteeg will run in the girls 100 Meter Hurdles and boys 110 Meter Hurdles, respectively. Seddon will throw again this morning in the Shot Put this time, and this evening the local area teams will have five representatives in the 4×100 Meter Relays. Pella Christian and Pella High both have girls squads that will compete, while Knoxville, PCM and Pella High boys will also have teams of four try and make their fastest circuit around the track.
Stay tuned to KNIA/KRLS Radio and visit kniakrls.com  for updates on the 2012 Drake Relays.