This will be the final Drake Relays in the current Drake Stadium which will undergo extensive renovations this summer and it will also be the final Relays with its current director. Mark Kostek has taken a job as associate athletic director at the school is turning the reigns over to former NCAA high jump champion Brian Brown, who is crrently on the Drake coaching staff. Kostek took over five years ago for long-time director Bob Erhardt. He ays he spent a year with Erhardt and learned how to deal with the athletes and their agents. Kostek’s first visit to the Drake Relays was in 1974 as a javelin thrower at Kansas. He says he has a real passion for the event and says he’ll continue to have that as long as his heart beats. He will still be involved with the event in his new job at Drake. He says he really likes Des Moines and says it has been a lot of fun and he’ll continue to help with the event.
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