The U.N.I. track and field team will be looking for more success at the Drake Relays. The Panthers captured two titles in 2009 and expect to compete for more this week.

U.N.I. coach Dan Steele says they have some relay teams that they think can do well. He says there is more focus on the relays than individual events. Steele says trying to determine the right events led them to go with the relays first and then figure out how the time schedule works.

This will be Steele’s first trip to Drake as the U.N.I. coach. He says it’s a special event and he’s excited to be there as a coach after having a great experience as an athlete with Oregon.

Steele says a good performance at Drake can be a springboard for the remainder of the season. He says most places talk about the conference meet and national championships, but they include the Drake Relays in that too. Steele says doing well sets a nice tone for the distance carnival.

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