Kirani James And Jenny Simpson Are Drake Relays Most Outstanding Performers

2016 Drake Relays Friday Recap: Kirani James Blazes 44.08 World Leader, Jenny Simpson (4:06.44) Outkicks Kate Grace in 1500 as Mary Cain Is 8th (4:12.62)

James' time, run in 48-degree temps, was the second-fastest ever in the month of April, behind only Michael Johnson's 43.75 in 1997.

A Fan's Guide to the 2016 Drake Relays: Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy This One As Drake Is Absolutely LOADED Yet Again

Some of the sprint fields are Olympic caliber, including the men's 400 (Merritt, James, Santos), the men's 110 hurdles (McLeod, Parchment, Merritt, Oliver) and women's 100 hurdles (Harper-NelsonRollinsHarrison). The mid-d action is very intriguing. Jenny Simpson races for the first time in 2016 as she Mary Cain, Brenda Martinez and Morgan Uceny are all in the women's 1500. And the men's 800 will features a clash between Boris Berian, Erik Sowinski and Clayton Murphy. Plus the field events feature a cool $1,500 payment for the best mark in each round in the  'Throw For The Dough' and 'Leap For Loot'.

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2016 Drake Relays Schedule

Heather Kampf Repeats As Grand Blue Mile Women's Champion; Chad Noelle Men's Race

Kampf won in 4:37.52 in a close race with Canadian Nicole Sifuentes (4:37.95) while Noelle ran 4:12.11 to beat Frezer Legesse (4:12.13) and Riley Masters (4:12.34).
Des Moines, IA
April 27, 2016 to April 30, 2016

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