A total of six new records were established during the 99th Drake Relays. Four of those marks were set on Saturday which saw sunny skies despite cool conditions. Drake Relays director Brian Brown says they don’t always know what they are going to get for the weather, but they know that there are going to be great performances. He says he was happy with the performances despite the chilly conditions.
Brown says coming off a year like last year, when the temperature was seven degrees on Friday and Saturday, he’s pleased with what they had this year. With Drake hosting the NCAA Championships this year a number of new schools took part this past weekend and Brown says the Jim Duncan track received great reviews.
Brown says many of the schools that haven’t been at Drake for some time or at all were pleased with what they saw. He says they came to get a mental picture of what it is like to run the curve or set up in the high jump as they prepare for the championships.
The NCAA meet is in June, and Brown will be the co-meet director, and he hopes to create the same atmosphere for the championships as they had for the relays. Brown says there are still tickets available for the NCAA Championships.
It was another big weekend for the Baylor men who swept the sprint relays. Brown says Baylor has been a long time supporter of the Drake Relays and he says that will give them an advantage in the championships by being familiar with the facility.