Look for Numerous NCAA Indoor All-Americans at the Drake Relays

first_imgDES MOINES – If the results of the NCAA Division I Indoor Championship meet this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala. are any indication, there will be numerous top-level performers at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee this April.  Payton Otterdahl of North Dakota State claimed both the shot put and the weight throw titles at the indoor championship.  He became only the second male performer in NCAA history to accomplish that feat since Ohio State’s Dan Taylor in 2004.  Two weeks ago, Otterdahl set a new collegiate indoor record with a heave of 71-06.75 in the shot put at the Summit League Championship to break the record held by Ryan Crouser of Texas and Ryan Whiting of Arizona State. Other first team All-Americans on the men’s side include:,Chris Nilsen, South Dakota – Pole vault-2nd  Iowa State (F. Lagat, E. Fogltanz, R. Roomes, D. Curts) – Distance Medley Relay-5thKarayme Bartley, Iowa – 200 meters-6thChris Douglas, Iowa – 60-meter hurdles-6thIowa (C. Hofacker, K. Bartley, W. Lawrence, M. Harris) – 4x400m Relay-6thMichael Rhoads, Air Force – 800 meters-8thJa’Mari Ward, Missouri – Long Jump-8thFor women coming to the Blue Oval next month, several field event performances earned first team All-American honors including Erin Reese of Indiana State, Laulauga Tausaga of Iowa and Jordan McClendon of Missouri who were fourth, fifth and seventh respectively, in the weight throw.  Women’s first team All-American performances were:Stephanie Ahrens, UNO – High Jump-5thBriana Guillory, Iowa – 400 meters-6th Jaci Smith, Air Force – 5000 meters-6thSarah Feeny, Utah – 1500 meters-8th Bailey Retzlaff, North Dakota State – Shot put-8th  Be sure to secure your tickets for America’s Athletic Classic!  All-Session tickets are now on sale at draketix.com/drakerelays or call 515-271-3647.  For group ticket packages or more information, contact Dustin in the Drake Ticket Office at 515-271-4949. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more