Stanford Fares Well At The 100th Drake Relays
April 24, 2009
Des Moines, Iowa - The historic 100th Drake Relays brought a large contingent of Stanford athletes to compete in several relays as well as individual events. Competing against teams from around the nation, Stanford fared well in several non-traditional relays for the outdoor season.
The men led the way the three top-three relay finishes. They led off with the 4x1,600-meter relay where several of their distance stars participated in an epic battle with Minnesota. In a very close race, the Cardinal finished second with a time of 16:29.85, just 15 hundredths of a second behind the Golden Gophers. The team of J.T. Sullivan, Hakon DeVries, Chris Derrick and Elliott Heath were forced to settle for the runner-up position.
Finally in the 4x400-meter relay the Cardinal finished third in their heat and advanced to tomorrow's final. Andrew Dargie, Amaechi Morton, Durell Coleman and Zach Chandy ran a Stanford season best in the event of 3:12.99.
In the individual events the Stanford men were led by Casey Roche who placed ninth in the pole vault. His mark of 17-0 ¾ was a season best and tied a career high for the Stanford sophomore.
Also faring well was Myles Bradley in the 110-meter hurdles who qualified for tomorrow's final with a time of 14.18.
Michaela Wallerstedt led the Cardinal in the individual events, placing sixth in the shot put (50-1 ¾) and 11th in the discus (151-10).
The Cardinal will be back in action on Saturday for the completion of the 100th Drake Relays. The Cardinal will compete in more relays as well as individual events.