Former local track standouts compete at Drake Relays

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
(Photo Courtesy of Iowa State University Athletics) Above, Gehlen Catholic graduate Zach Kraft competes for Iowa State in the long jump portion of the decathlon. He reached a distance of 19-08.25 in the long jump. His best events of the decathlon were in the throws where he was second in the shot put and sixth in the discus.

DES MOINES — A few former track and field athletes from our local high school teams have taken their talents to the next level.

Gehlen Catholic graduate Zach Kraft was one of 11 competitors in the men’s decathlon university/college division at the Drake Relays. He is a member of the Iowa State track and field team.

Kraft finished ninth in the event with 5,362 points. He was one of just two freshmen to compete in the event.

Kraft’s best individual event was the shot put where he placed second with a distance of 42-10.75. He was sixth in the discus was a toss of 111-10.

He finished ninth or 10th in each of the remaining events.

In the pole vault he was able to clear 10-10 and he had a distance of 19-08.25 in the long jump. He ran the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.69 seconds, completed the 110 meter hurdles in 16.99 seconds and ran the 1500 in 5:58.97. In all of those events he was ninth.

Kraft cleared 5-06 in the high jump. His 400 meter time was 56.61 seconds. In the javelin he threw a distance of 134-04. Those were all 10th place finishes for Kraft.

Alec Still, a member of the state champion KP-WC boys track and field team in 2017, is currently competing for the University of Iowa.

(Photo Courtesy of Stephen Mally, hawkeyesports.com) Above, Iowa’s Alec Still runs his 800 meters in the men’s sprint medley event. Still, a member of the 2017 state champion track and field team from KP-WC, ran a 1:49.6 in his 800 to pull the Hawkeyes in front for the win in a time of 3:18.06. Iowa finished third in the 4x800 with their second-fastest time in the event in program history.

Still ran the anchor leg of Iowa’s top sprint medley relay team which won by over two seconds over in-state rival Iowa State, as they came from behind to get the win.

It was Iowa’s third title in the event since 2016. The team finished in a time of 3:18.06, the fifth-fastest time in program history as Still ran the anchor 800 meters in 1:49.60. It was one of two relay victories for the Hawkeyes, who claimed their first Drake Relays Cup since 2018.

Still also anchored the 4x800 relay team which placed third in a time of 7:19.13, the second-fastest time in program history. Iowa State won in a time of 7:17.47.

Another former KP-WC runner competed for the Northwestern College team. Abby Petersen ran in the 4x100 for the Red Raiders as they finished in 50.91 seconds for 29th.

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