Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones make history at Drake Relays


Tyler Coe

Iowa State celebrates after a dominating performance in the 4×1600 at the Drake Relays on Apr. 28, 2023.

Cayden Storm, Sports Reporter

Many Iowa State athletes continued competition on day three of the Drake Relays Friday, while part of the throwing squad took a trip to Indianola, Iowa, to compete at the Kip Janvrin Open.

Cyclones make relay history 

To start the day for the Cyclones, the team of Madelynn Hill, Ashlyn Keeney, Janette Schraft and Cailie Logue took first place in the 4×1,600 relay with a time of 19:04.56. That time was the best in Iowa State history, comfortably passing the previous record of 19:13.62, an improvement of nearly 10 seconds.

The men’s 4×1,600 team also had an impressive performance. The team of Kelvin Bungei, Gable Sieperda, Emanuel Galdino and Titus Winders came in second in the 4×1,600 with a time of 16:23.69, just .38 seconds behind first.

The dominance in the relay events helped fuel the Cyclones throughout the start of competition at the Drake Relays.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdle prelims, Kaylyn Hall posted the top time with a new PR of 13.16. That time fell just short of the Iowa State record, trailing by only .06 seconds. Hall moved on to compete in Saturday’s finals. 

Dominating throwing performances

In the men’s shot put Cam Jones placed first with a PR of 62-0 ¼. That performance landed him at number six in Iowa State history. 

In the women’s discus, Emily March put up a strong performance of 171-0 to finish third.

Rebecca Manteuffel also had an impressive performance in the discus, posting an Iowa State PR of 165-5. That performance was good enough for fourth place at the meet as well as improving her standing to sixth place in Iowa State history. 

In the women’s shot put, Jadan Brumbaugh came in second place while setting a PR of 48-8. Manteuffel came in third place with 48-6.

In the men’s discus, Kevin Sakson came close to a season-best with a mark of 185-4 to take second in the event. 

Cyclones finish top five at Kip Janvrin Open

In the Kip Janvrin Open, Iowa State had two top-five finishers in the men’s hammer throw.

Zach Verzani came in third with a throw of 184-10, less than a foot off of second place.

Garret Wagner finished in fourth with a throw of 169-7.

Competition at the Drake Relays will continue Saturday, while the Penn Relays and the Desert Heat Classic are set to begin Saturday.