The Drake Relays bills itself as "America's Athletic Classic". The 104th edition has 14 hours of events scheduled Friday for over 7,000 high school and college athletes.
In the girls high jump, Hinton junior Kasey Reuter took second with a jump of 5'5". MOC-Floyd Valley junior defended her Drake high jump title with a leap of 5'8".
"It's just exciting. It's surreal," said Conaway. "Sometimes I just need to stop and think about all I have to be thankful for. It's not something everyone can say so it's exciting to come down here and get that."
"It's great. You really want to pull for Northwest Iowa and all the great things that we can do up there," said Reuter. "Sometimes I feel like people forget about us. A lot of us are tall and athletic, so it's great to be represented."
In the boys long jump, Manson Northwest Webster's Josh Markert takes first with a leap of 22'8".
In the discus, Storm Lake's Ethan Kenkel takes fourth with a throw of 167 feet. Western Christian's Ethan Fenchel was second with a toss of 170 feet.
In the boys 4x200 meter relay, Trevor Ryan anchors OA-BCIG to a fifth place finish in 1:29. In the girls 4x200, Conaway anchored MOC-FV to a twelfth place finish, while Brooke Wolterstorff and Western Christian were eleventh.
In the girls 100 meter hurdles, Spencer's Ali Meister was second in :15 seconds.
Sioux City athletes finished 1-2-3 in the boys 100 meter dash. Heelan's Zach Skibinski, a Northern Iowa football recruit, edged out Anthony Dreeszen and Ronald Nash of Sioux City East. Skibinski's winning time was 11.41 seconds.
"That's great. I think that's awesome," said Dreeszen. "It brings Sioux City out and shows we don't mess around. We can do what we got to do."
"It gives me a little more confidence, but still stay the same," said Skibinski. "Just get out there and run and compete. Now I'll have more people chasing after me and they know I have to beat him now. It's a nice feeling being 'that guy'. It feels kind of different."
Former Bishop Heelan standout Brendan Dougherty ran the leadoff leg for Notre Dame's 4x400 relay team. The Irish senior helped Notre Dame qualify for the finals with the fifth fastest time, clocking in at 3:09.
"I love to be back in Iowa, get some family and friends to come out and watch me," said Dougherty. "It's a lot of fun and the crowd's always great at Drake."
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