Records Fall For Bulldogs

Sarah Yaeger-Eldon Cardinal-Drake©Jim Kirby

Sarah Yaeger-Eldon Cardinal-Drake
©Jim Kirby

Senior Marissa Smith (Ajax, Ontario) won the women’s 60-meter hurdles to lead four great performances for the Drake University track and field teams Saturday at the ISU Classic.

Even after clipping a hurdle, Smith was able to recover and win the race in 8.52, just one one-hundreth of a second off of her personal best set a week ago. Teammate Sarah Yeager (Ottumwa, Iowa) was fourth in the event in 8.60.

Senior Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.) built off of his success so far this season in the men’s weight throw with a second-place finish and a throw of 66-10.75 to shatter his own school record.

“Isaac had an amazing third throw today,” Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “We could not have asked for a better performance from him.”

Twombly’s throw is the third best throw in the Missouri Valley this season and a top-20 throw nationally.

Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) led off the day for Drake with a stellar performance in the men’s 3,000 meters. The junior ran a time of 8:10.61, the second best time in school history, against a very strong field to finish second in the event. Austin led the majority of the race before being chased down by Jeffrey Mettler of South Dakota in the final few hundred yards.

“Brogan competed very well today against an outstanding field,” distance coach Dan Hostager said. “He’s been so focused on his training so it will be good for him to see that show up already. There’s definitely more there so we’re excited about the rest of the season.”

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend at the Iowa Classic in Iowa City, Iowa on Feb. 15. The meet will be the team’s final tune-up before the Missouri Valley Conference Championships the following week.

Iowa State Classic
Saturday Drake Results
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
1. Marissa Smith, 8.52
4. Sarah Yeager, 8.60

Men’s 3,000 Meters
2. Brogan Austin, 8:10.61

Men’s Weight Throw
2. Isaac Twombly, 66-10.75 (School Record)

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