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College Track & Field: Iowa’s Carter, Jr. wins 2nd career Drake Relays Flag

DES MOINES – University of Iowa track and field junior James Carter, Jr. claimed the second Drake Relays long jump title of his Hawkeye career on Friday afternoon inside the Blue Oval.

“I’m super proud of James,” Iowa Director of Track and field Joey Woody said. It was awesome to see him win his second Drake Relays flag and pick up our first win of the weekend.”

Carter’s long jump title marked the seventh Drake Relays title for a Hawkeye in the event in program history — the last being Carter’s in 2019. Carter put together an impressive series of jumps to win – jumping an all-conditions lifetime-best mark (7.84m / 25’8.75”) on his first attempt and followed it up with two identical long jumps (7.73m / 25’4.5”).

“James had a great series and decided to pass his final three jumps to save his legs for tomorrow,” Woody said.

The 4×800-meter relays were a bright spot for the Hawkeyes. The women’s quartet of Katie Moore, Alli and Grace Bookin-Nosbisch and Clare Pitcher combined to run the second-fastest time in program history (8:35.75), finishing sixth. The men’s squad of Spencer Gudgel, Armando Bryson, Antonio Abrego and Alec Still followed suit, also posting the No. 2 time in program history (7:19.13) and finishing third – just .53 seconds off of the program record.

“Both 4×800-meter relays competed extremely well and all the athletes had tremendous efforts and ran great splits,” Woody said. “It was awesome to see them both run No. 2 all-time program marks.”

In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Erin Dowd finished fourth on the women’s side (57.51), while junior Mariel Bruxvoort (58.11) and senior Payton Wensel (58.80) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. For the men, senior Raymonte Dow (51.61) ran a season-best time and led the Hawkeyes with a fifth-place finish. Junior Julien Gillum cracked the Iowa top-10 list, finishing eighth (52.12).

Sophomores Myreanna Bebe (13.81) and Paige Magee (13.91) both qualified for Saturday’s final after running fifth- and seventh-fastest, respectively, in the prelims. The men’s 110-meter hurdles produced three qualifiers for tomorrow’s final. Junior Gratt Reed (14.28), senior Josh Braverman (14.44) and sophomore Grant Conway (14.51) all punched their tickets – qualifiying fourth, fifth and sixth-fastest, respectively.

Both the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relay teams advanced to the finals. The women’s team of sophomores LaSarah Hargrove and Tesa Roberts, senior Erin Dowd and sophomore Paige Magee qualified fifth-fastest (44.87). Hargrove also advanced to the 100-meter final, running second-fastest after winning her heat (11.61). The men’s 4×100-meter squad of freshman Kalil Johnson, sophomore Austin Kresley, Reed and sophomore Khullen Jefferson won its heat and qualified fourth-fastest (39.93).

In the shot put, senior Nik Curtiss (19.24m / 63’1.5”) finished third on the men’s side, and sophomore Kat Moody (16.10m / 52’10”) finished fourth for the women.

The Hawkeyes began action in Des Moines on Thursday night at the Drake Relays Distance Carnival. Sophomore Brooke McKee improved her No. 7 all-time mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:45.84). Freshman Max Murphy finished 13th in the 5,000 meters (14:19.71) and junior Maddie Block clocked a 15-second personal-best in the women’s 10,000-meters.

The Hawkeyes return to Drake Stadium for the final day of the 112th running of the Drake Relays on Saturday.

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