The Score Sheet: Area track and field athletes qualify for Drake relays, spring football updates

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


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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