Drake Relays Results
DES MOINES, Iowa – Katie Flood treated the Drake Relays faithful to another thrilling homestretch run this afternoon, as the Des Moines native anchored Washington’s distance medley relay to the victory, a fourth win for Husky track this weekend, and the second finished off by Flood, the hometown hero.
Katie Knight, Kayla Stueckle, Eleanor Fulton, and Flood combined for the DMR victory in 11:09.59, nearly three seconds ahead of Baylor and 10 seconds better than IowaState. Flood got the baton in third position but ran the final 1,600-meters in 4:37 to win going away. The DMR is only an official NCAA event indoors; the last time Flood anchored a DMR was at NCAA Indoors in 2012 when she led UW to the title.
Knight, Fulton, and Flood all picked up their second win of the week, as they all ran on the 4x1600-meter relay on Friday. Stueckle got her first win after taking second in the 400m hurdles yesterday in a great time of 57.96 seconds.
Washington had not competed at Drake since 2004, and had not won a relay title since 2002, before coming away with four this year. Flood, who attended nearby DowlingCatholicHigh School, won six Drake Relays high school titles, as well as several more Iowa state track titles in the stadium, and the NCAA 1,500-meter title in her last appearance in 2012.
After winning again on her home track, Flood said “It’s always a great feeling, I am very lucky to get that opportunity and come back to my home track, I’m appreciative of doing so well here.”
The Huskies also won the men’s 4x1600-meters on Friday, and the men’s 4x800-meters on Saturday.
The Husky men’s DMR narrowly missed a fifth title, as they took second overall behind UTEP in a time of 9:40.20, finishing ahead of the likes of Illinois, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Arkansas and Georgia. Blake Nelson led off the 1200m, passing to Andrew Brown for 400-meters, then Derrick Daigre over the 800-meters, and Meron Simon to close it out.
Earlier in the day UW also ran in both of the sprint medley relay events, which are made up of two 200-meter legs, then a 400-meter leg, and an 800-meter leg to close. The Husky women were eighth overall in that race, and second in their heat, in 3:56.98. Haley Jacobson and Gianna Woodruff ran the first two legs, then Krista Armstead ran a full lap and passed to Erin Johnson for the final two.
On the men’s side, Quadelle Satterwhite and Travis Marshall each ran 200-meters, then Brown carried 400-meters and passed to Brad Whitley for the final leg. The Huskies were ninth overall in 3:22.39, with Georgia winning in 3:18.22.
Washington will now head into the homestretch of its schedule, beginning with the annual UW-WSU Dual Meet, held next weekend in Pullman.