A number of area track and field athletes are getting ready to compete at the prestigious Drake Relays thru Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The Dubuque area has 56 area qualifiers competing in the high school portion of the meet. Western Dubuque has the most local qualifiers on the boy’s side with 10 events. Senior and Wahlert lead the way for most local girls events qualified with six each.
Hempstead’s David Holesinger is qualified in three events the 800, 1600, and 3200. Senior’s Claire Edmondson also qualified in all the long distance races on the girl’s side in the 800, 1500, and 3000.
In the College and University portion of the meet: Loras has 15 events qualified, eight for the women and seven for the men, Dubuque has 13 events with eight for the men and five for the women, and U-W Platteville has seven events, five for the men and two for the women.
Things get started today with the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon. Dubuque native Ryan Rogers of Loras is competing in the decathlon. The high school portion of the relays starts at 4:00 Thursday afternoon.