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Track Athletes Compete At The Drake Relays

Joel Kellar, Staff Writer

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19 track athletes competed at the 2019 Drake Relays from April 24 to April 27. Aaron Potter ’19 competed in the shot put. He threw 48 feet 5 inches and placed 21st. Luke Perman ’19 ran in the 3200 meter run. His time was 9:44.45 and he placed 12th. Brooke McKee ’20, Bella Heikes ’21, and Aleah Tenpas ’19 all ran in the girls 3200 meter run. McKee ran 10:24.35 and placed 9th, Heikes ran 10:25.87 and placed 10th and Tenpas ran 10:30.88 and placed 14th. The boys distance medley relay team started their race in the top three, but they got disqualified for dropping a baton during a handoff. Avery Kamienski ’19, Sam Strauss ’21, Jaden Studer ’20, and Chloe Fehn ’20 raced in the girls 4×200 meter relay. Their time was 1:45.93. which was good enough for 13th place. Heikes also competed in the 800 meter run. Her time was 2:20.12, which got her 14th place. Joe Schaefer ’19 won the boys 800 meter run with a time of 1:54.13. This was the first of Schaefer’s three championships that he won at this year’s Drake Relays. Kamienski, Heikes, Strauss, and Fehn ran in the girls 4×800 meter relay. They placed 8th with a time of 9:35.53. Carter Borwick ’21, Karson Kleve ’20, Michael Schmitz ’19, and Schaefer won the 4×800 meter relay. Their time was 7:58.66. Kamienski, Strauss, Faith Nead ’22, and Fehn placed 9th in the 4×400 with a time of 4:02.81. Emma Roethler ’21, Studer, Strauss, and Fehn placed 36th in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 51.58. The boys 4×100 meter relay team got disqualified for a botched handoff. Heikes, McKee, and Tenpas all ran in the 1500 meter run. Heikes placed 12th with a time of 4:50.11, McKee placed 14th with a time of 4:51.55, and Tenpas placed 15th with a time of 4:52.29. Schaefer won the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:21.33. Schaefer won the Most Outstanding Boys High School Athlete award for his outstanding performance. This is the first time a Johnston athlete has ever won the award and the first time a Johnston athlete has finished first place at three separate events at the Drake Relays.

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