Waukee had a large presence at the 2016 Drake Relays. Between the girls’ and boys’ teams, the Warriors were represented by 31 athletes.
There were plenty of strong finishes for Waukee. The 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Maddie Sehman, Hannah Schau, Elma Vojic and Lily Campbell was crowned champion with a time of one minute, 47.11 seconds.
On its way to victory in the 800-meter sprint medley relay, Waukee had to overcome trouble with a handoff. Campbell finished the race strong.
"When we got our handoff, I was super scared and everything," Campbell said post-race. "But I just had to power through and finish it."
Watching the handoff miscommunication, Sehman was worried about what might happen.
"It was surreal," Sehman said. "When she finished, I was like, ‘Wait, did that actually just happen?’"
In the high jump, Waukee had two competitors. Chloe Havermann finished sixth and reached a height of five feet, four inches. Jessica Kramer came in 17th and cleared the opening height of 5-00.
Morgan Nealey participated in the shot put. With a distance of 38-02.50 on her final throw, she finished 16th and fell short of the finals.
Waukee’s leading distance runner, senior Rachel Brush, ran in the 3000-meter and 1500-meter at Drake. She placed ninth in the 3000-meter with a time of 10:18.77. In the 1500-meter, Brush clocked a 4:50.58 and came in 13th.
Jackson Lewis and Nathan Sanders ran the 3200-meter for the Warriors. Lewis finished in 9:42.61 and placed 13th. Sanders completed the race in 10:02.38 and came in 20th.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Waukee was represented by Danielle Modrell, Schau and Sydney Winger. Schau placed ninth, coming in at 15.16 and falling one spot short of qualifying for the finals.
Winger came in 12th with a time of 15.38. Modrell finished 23rd, and her time was 16.06.
Kalen Renshaw ran the 110-meter hurdles for the Warriors. He fell short of qualifying for the finals, but he came in 12th place with a time of 14.95.
The girls’ 100-meter dash was an exciting event for Waukee. In the preliminaries, both Talia Buss and Elma Vojic made the cut and qualified for the finals. Buss ran a 12.09 for second place, and Vojic came in at 12.41 for eighth best.
Vojic said winning the sprint medley made her confidence go up heading into the 100-meter dash. Vojic placed eighth at Drake with a 12.51 in the finals.
"I feel pretty good about how I ran today," Vojic said. "I mean, coming into the finals, I didn’t really expect much of it."
Buss ran even faster in the finals, clocking in at her personal best, 11.99. Her remarkably quick race earned third place. She said she was disappointed she didn’t finish first in her senior year, but being at the relays was still a big accomplishment.
"The whole experience, I mean, even being able to compete on this track, and against such great athletes, I think it’s just an honor to even be here," Buss said.
Buss said she tried to block out the atmosphere of the large arena while she was running. However, the Waukee sprinter said it’s really cool to see all the people that show up for the Drake Relays.
"It obviously makes you run a lot faster when people cheer for you," Buss said.
Lindy Jones wore the Waukee colors to Drake this year, too. Jones placed 17th in the discus with a distance of 119-03.
Shaye Witte brought her long jumping skills to the relays. She missed qualifying for the finals by just one and a half inches. Witte placed 12th at 16-01.75.
In the 1600-meter sprint medley relay, Waukee’s team of Nabhan Awan, Zach Eaton, Kayde Penn and Josh Andrews finished fourth with a time of 3:29.44.
Both boys and girls from Waukee ran the 4x200-meter relay Friday afternoon at Drake. The girls’ team of Buss, Schau, Witte and Vojic placed third and finished in 1:41.43.
On the boys’ side, Awan, Eaton, Drew Johnson and Dan Blocker combined for 1:29.69 and ninth place.
The Warriors had two runners in the girls 800-meter. Campbell took fourth and finished in 2:16.21. Sophomore Logan Akason came in ninth with a mark of 2:17.73.
In the 4x100-meter relay, Waukee had athletes in both the boys’ and girls’ races. The girls finished third in the preliminaries with Sehman, Buss, Witte and Vojic. In the finals, the girls’ group took second, finishing in 48.39.
The boys were not as fortunate in the 4x100-meter. DJ Moffitt, Chaise Russell, Awan and Blocker combined for a time of 43.30 and came in 11th.
Waukee was also represented on both the boys’ and girls’ sides of the 4x400-meter relay. In the preliminaries, Buss, Mary Gray, Akason and Campbell took fourth with a 3:59.29 mark. The same group earned a fifth place finish in the finals with a time of 3:58.15.
For the boys’ 4x400-meter, Andrews, Ryan Modlin, Eaton and Penn finished the preliminaries with a 3:20.34 and second place. In Saturday’s final event, they came in third place with a time of 3:21.07.
In the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay, Schau, Winger, Modrell and Gray took first in the preliminaries. The group got off to a great start in the finals, but Modrell hit her second to last hurdle and fell. Waukee ended up with a fourth overall finish and a mark of 66.83.
Renshaw, Aaron McCrary, Nate Halligan and Nick Wessels raced for the Warriors in the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay. They finished third in the preliminaries and followed that up with another third place finish in the finals at 57.04.
Waukee boys and girls also ran in the 4x800-meter relays. Akason, Brush, Maggie Laird and Campbell combined for fourth place with a time of 9:33.09. Modlin, Tyler Groathouse, Andrews and Penn finished in 8:03.13 and earned a fourth place spot.
The boys’ 1600-meter run featured Waukee’s Lewis. He finished 15th overall at 4:30.46.
For the girls, Gray participated in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday afternoon. Her time of 66.00 earned a seventh-place finish.
Few schools compete at a high level as consistently as Waukee. Although the Warriors didn’t win as many events as other years, 2016 was an excellent outing at the Drake Relays.