• Several World Leads Fall at Drake Relays

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Despite low temperatures and a constant rain this year's Drake Relays saw several world leading marks set during Friday's and Saturday's competition at 'blue oval' in Des Moines, Iowa.



Jasmin Stowers surprised everyone by winning women's 100m hurdles. The 24-year old American hurdler defeated the field setting a new world lead and a PB of 12.40 seconds. Olympic medalist  Dawn Harper-Nelson 12.71 took second with Kristi Castlin in third in 12.72 seconds. Drake relays 100m H  record holder  (12.26) Brianna Rollins came in 4th place in 12.75. Results>>

Francena McCoroy, the Olympic 4x400m gold medalist, won the women's 400m with a new world leading mark of 50.13 seconds. Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross took second 51.13 edging Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills 51.11. Results>>

Will Claye needed 16.94m to defeated compatriot Christian Taylor 16.81m in the men's triple jump. Frenchmen Teddy Tamgho in his return to action after injury managed to jump to take third 16.27m . Results>>

Nigeria's Doreen Amata surprised with a win in the women's high jump. Amata set a new PB of 1.90m for the win Drake Relays crown. China's Asian Games silver medalist, Xingjuan Zheng, took second (1.87m), while Levern Spencer, the world championships finalist, of Santa Lucia  took third (1.87m). Results>> 

USA's Sam Kendricks and Canada's Shawn Barber defeated world record holder  Renaud Lavillenie. Kendricks and Barber tied for the win with a mark of 5.82m, while Lavillenie took  third with a mark of  5.62m. 

Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano 4:00.05 defeated world silver medalist Matthew Centrowitz 4:00.54 in the mile. AJ Acosta took third in 4:01.34. Results>>

World indoors 4x400m gold medalist Cassandra Tate took the win in women's 400m hurdles with a time of 55.68 seconds. Results>>


In the men's 110-meter hurdles, also saw a world-leading mark set as Aleec Harris won in 13.16, just missing the Drake Relays record of 13.14 set by Hansle Parchment at last year’s relays. It marked the third-straight weekend that Harris  set a world-leading mark in the event. Results>>

Men’s 400-meter dash saw not only a world-leading mark, but a long-time Drake Relays record fall. Kirani James, a gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics and two-time NCAA champion at Alabama, topped Michael Johnson’s record of 44.41 set in 1996 by crossing the line in 44.22. Results>>

The final world-leading mark on the track was set in the  women’s 800 meters, as Ajee Wilson of Adidas won in 2:00.03, breaking Suzy Favor-Hamilton’s Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record of 2:01.68 set in 1998. Brenda Martinez of New Balance also bested the previous Drake Relays record, placing second in 2:00.51. Results>>

Women’s pole vault produced another world-leading mark, as Greece's Katerina Stefanidi cleared 14.71m, the top vault in the world this year. Runner-up Demi Payne, a junior at Stephen F. Austin, cleared 4.66m, Sandi Morris of Arkansas  cleared 4.51m to take third. Results>>

In the Men’s High Jump, Canadian Derek Drouin repeated as Drake Relays champion, clearing 2.32m to become the third athlete to win back-to-back special invitational crowns. Results>>

Bershawn Jackson won men’s 400-Meter Hurdles,  in 48.87 to claim his first Drake Relays crown.  Jackson defeated a field that included Olympians Michael Tinsley and Javier Culson and 2014 USA champion Johnny Dutch. Results>>

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