The 95th Drake Relays resumed this morning and it did not take long for the records to fall. Chase Madison of Newton shattered the Relays record in the discus by nearly 15-feet. Madison’s final throw measured 199-feet, one inch. He says he thought his last throw would make it 200 feet.Madison says he was in a groove from the start, as he says he woke up, did some drills and got into the perfect throw. Jenni Elbert of Laurens-Marathon was a state champion three years ago and the runner-up last year. Today, she won he first Drake Relays title by clearing five-foot, seven inches. For the second time in three years Notre Dame won the men’s four by 16-hundred meter relay title. Freshman Kurt Benninger ran the anchor leg as the Fighting Irish held off Air Force and Colorado State.Benninger says as a freshman he did not want to let the team down on the anchor leg. But he says the others made it very easy for him. Ida Nilsson of Northern Arizona lowered the three thousand-meter steeplechase record by 26-seconds. Jenna Caffrey of Burlington won the 110-meter hurdle title and set a Relay’s record in the process. She says it was her goal to get a first. Nick Kutchel of Kingsley-Pierson won the boys 110-meter hurdles after a shaky performance in the prelims. Robert Thompson of Des Moines East outdueled defending champ Andy Brodell of Ankeny to win the 100-meter crown. He says he’s been waiting for it since last year when he finished fourth. He says he felt he would do better last year, but he tightened up.
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