Women’s track 4x1600m relay team sets school record at Drake Relays

Chris Wolff

Iowa State made its first big splash of the 2014 Drake Relays on Thursday as the the women’s 4×1600-meter relay team broke the school record in the event with a time of 19:13.62.

The team consists of Ejiro Okoro, Katy Moen, Crystal Nelson and Bethanie Brown. Brown and Nelson claimed All-American honors this fall for their performances during cross-country season.

Okoro won a pair of Big 12 Championships during the indoor season and earned All-American honors. Moen earned All-Big 12 honors for her performance in the indoor season as well.

ISU’s 4×1600-meter relay team has a history of strong showings at the Drake Relays in recent years, as the team took first in the event at last year’s meet.

Both Okoro and Nelson were apart of that team as well.

The team’s repeat attempt fell just short this time around, as the team finished in second place en route to the school record. Washington’s 4×1600-meter relay team won the event with a time of 19:09.31.

“The race felt good,” Brown said in a text after the race. “The first two laps were slow but the leaders picked it up quite a bit. I haven’t ran a 1600 in a while so I didn’t really know what pace we were on but I just tried to go with them.”

Each member of ISU’s relay team ran a sub-4:50 split in the record-setting performance.

“That’s really cool we set a school record,” Brown said.