DES MONES, Iowa – A group of 12 Bulldogs competed throughout the week at the annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Sophomore Allie Brooks, who again rewrote her own record, turned in the highlight performance of the meet while in action on Saturday. It was the final day of competition before the top 10 nationally ranked Concordia University track and field squads set their sights on the GPAC championships.
Brooks is one of the top female collegiate vaulters in the nation, regardless of level. She beat out numerous NCAA Division I competitors on her way to a seventh place finish at Drake. Her new outdoor school record now stands at 12’ 9 ½.” She has maintained a No. 2 ranking on the NAIA national list. Not far behind is teammate McKenzie Gravo, who is No. 4 (12’ 8”). Gravo also competed at Drake.
Another particularly noteworthy effort was turned in at the Drake Relays by senior Lucas Wiechman. He finished fifth in the decathlon by totaling 6,586 points in his first attempt at the event this outdoor season. That figure places him at No. 4 on the national list. Wiechman is also an automatic national qualifier in the pole vault and the 110 meter hurdles. Additionally, he ranks ninth in the nation in the 400 hurdles.
The GPAC outdoor championships will be hosted by Midland next Friday and Saturday (May 5-6). More information on the championship meet can be found HERE.