The top 24 athletes in track and field events from across Iowa have qualified for this weekend’s Drake Relays.
Here’s the list of competitors from Northeast Iowa.
New Hampton: Noah Fenske – discuss throw, shot put, Rachel Rinken – girl’s long jump
Osage: 4 x 100 meter relay, Paige Kissley – 100 meter hurdles, Libby Schwamman – girls high jump
Sumner-Fredricksburg: 4 x 100 meter relay, Jenna and Cassidy Pagel, Megan Niewoehner – Discuss
Riceville: Abby Mar – girls shot put
Drake football coach Todd Stepsis says a near miss at Iowa State last season has had lasting impact on the Bulldog program.
The Bulldogs were a late edition to the Cyclone schedule and gave a valiant effort in a 27-24 loss and finished the season with a 7-4 record.
Stepsis says just the publicity Drake received for playing the game was a plus.
With Nate Stanley returning for his third years as a starter the only competition at quarterback during spring drills at Iowa is for the job as backup.
Sophomore Peyton Mansell and red shirt freshman Spencer Petras both saw limited action a year ago and Mansell feels the experience has been a plus.
Iowa quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe.
O’Keefe says a decision probably won’t be made until the season begins.
The Hawkeyes close out spring drills Friday night