2016 Drake Relays Presented by HyVee

April 27, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Des Moines, IA
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The competition was moved indoors because of weather and Morris took three attempts at breaking Jenn Suhur's indoor WR.

Des Moines Register:

Merritt didn't want to kill himself in the cold weather. Bershawn Jackson raced wearing a necklace holding the ashes of his recently deceased father.

LRC 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.

Des Moines Register:

Jenks had never lost at Drake and is hoping to be the most decorated winner in Drake history. She's won 8 Drake titles (and 8 state track titles).

Des Moines Register:

Sowinski will have his work cut out for him as he's up against Duane Solomon and Boris Berian. Matt Centrowitz is also in the field.

LRC 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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