With ideal conditions a number of records fell during the first day of the 91st Drake Relays. Marques Simmons from Davenport North won the boys 100-meter dash in a record time of 10-point-63 seconds, despite stumbling out of the starting block.Lauren Fleischman anchored Stanford to a win in the women’s distance medley relay as the Cardinal set a new Relays record in the process.American collegiate record holder Derrick Peterson anchored Missouri to a second straight four by 800 meter relay title as the Tigers edged Baylor and Stanford.Jeff Hartwig won the special invitational pole vault but missed out on a chance to set a new Relays record when it was ruled he placed his hand on the bar as he cleared 19-feet and three quarters of an inch. He says, “They keep screwing me over on this rule.” He says he “made the bar” but is now going home without the record.Hartwig says U-S track officials have had difficulty interpreting the rule. He says eventually the officials will figure out the rule.Ryan Boyington of Hampton-Dumont won the boys 400 meter hurdles, edging Nick Moser from Fort Dodge in a photo finish.
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