Adel-DeSoto-Minburn and Dallas Center-Grimes were represented at the Drake Relays by several track and field athletes in 2016.
Maggi Bjustrom ran the 100-meter hurdles, and Jacob West took part in the high jump for A-D-M.
For DC-G, Maci Masching participated in the 100-meter hurdles, Trey Washington was in the long jump and the school had three relay teams.
Bjustrom performed exceptionally well in the preliminaries, finishing third. Her time of 14.66 seconds qualified for the finals and broke a 46-year old record at A-D-M.
"This is actually the best year I’ve ran, so far," Bjustrom said. "I was injured the past two years. They said it was my comeback year last year, but I really think this year’s the one, so I’m excited."
In the finals, Bjustrom placed seventh and ran a 15.09. She said nerves played a factor in the final run.
"The prelims went better than the finals," she said. "I ran a clean run in the prelims, but in the finals I hit like four, which screwed me up a little bit."
Still, the A-D-M senior said running in the finals at the Drake Relays was an exciting experience.
"It’s awesome," Bjustrom said. "I’m honored to have the experience to come here and run, being the only A-D-M girl who made it in."
Looking ahead, Bjustrom is anticipating preparation for state track competition, which takes place at Drake Stadium May 19-21. She said A-D-M will have to focus more on relays to qualify for state.
In the high jump, Jacob West was unable to clear the opening height of six feet, one inch. Undoubtedly though, qualifying for the Drake Relays is an accomplishment in itself.
On DC-G’s side, Masching ran a personal best 15.55 and came in 14th place. She finished in the top half of competitors and missed qualifying for the finals by four tenths of a second.
Trey Washington finished 16th in the long jump preliminaries, recording a distance of 20-07.75. It was not enough to qualify for the finals.
In the 800-meter sprint medley relay, DC-G sent a team comprised of Ashley Murrow, Masching, Abby Weddle and Tatum Jorgensen. The group clocked in at 1:52.06 and finished 19th.
DC-G competed in both the boys and girls 4x100-meter relay. For the Fillies, Weddle, Masching, Abby Ryan and Amber Workman ran a time of 52.50 and came in 66th place in the preliminaries.
The Mustangs were represented by Evan Grimes, Austin Kloewer, Keaton Means and Washington. The young group, made up of three freshmen, came in 45th place and finished with a time of 44.45.
The Drake Relays provided A-D-M and DC-G athletes a chance to compete on a large stage with thousands in attendance. The high-profile competition was helpful preparation for the final stretch of the track and field season.