Drake Relays Results
DES MOINES, Iowa – Day two at the Drake Relays brought a third title for the Husky track squad, this time via the men’s 4x800-meter relay, in a split-second finish at the line. Izaic Yorks anchored the victory for a second straight day, as the Huskies added to their haul that included a sweep of the 4x1600m relays on Thursday. UW is appearing at the storied Drake Relays for the first time since 2004.
Yorks (Lakewood, Wash.) becomes a two-time winner as does redshirt freshman Nick Harris (Niwot, Colo.) who ran the second leg tonight, as both were on the victorious mile relay yesterday. Junior Derrick Daigre (Kent, Wash.) led off and senior Brad Whitley (Liberty Lake, Wash.) got on the track for the first time tonight on the first and third legs, respectively, to power the win.
After the first three Huskies were timed with 1:50 splits, Yorks was clocked at approximately 1:48 for the final 800-meters, and held off Patrick Rono of Arkansas for the win. Washington finished in 7:18.50 with the Razorbacks at 7:18.82, with Illinois another four seconds back in third.
Another huge highlight on Friday was the season-best performances of senior Kayla Stueckle and junior Gianna Woodruff in the 400-meter hurdles. Stueckle (Puyallup, Wash.) had been consistently posting 59-second times but put together one of her best races today to finish second overall in 57.96. That’s just .06 seconds off her career-best set at NCAA West Prelims last season which advanced her to nationals. It’s also the 12th-fastest time in the NCAA so far this year.
Woodruff (Los Angeles), who had a season-best just last week at Mt. SAC, was faster again today and right behind Stueckle, going 58.25 for third overall out of 21 entries. That time will move her up to 15th nationally, and is the second-fastest race of her career as well.
Stueckle and Woodruff were back on the track after their stellar hurdles runs for the women’s 4x400-meters, joined by sophomore Krista Armstead and junior Haley Jacobson. The quartet posted the third-fastest mark in Husky history, running 3:39.40, just edging the 2013 team’s best by .03 seconds. The Dawgs were eighth overall in a field of 29 teams, and qualified for the final, though they won’t run again as UW’s travel plans will prevent the team from remaining in Des Moines that long.
Earlier in the day, the Husky men’s 4x100-meter relay team got on the track, running 41.33 in the prelims to finish 21st overall, while sophomore Chris Williams took on the high hurdles, finishing 21st overall as well in a time of 14.71 seconds.
The Huskies will close out their stint at Drake tomorrow, looking to bring home still more relay titles with runs in the sprint medley relays and distance medley relays.