The Prairie track team travelled to Des Moines, Iowa last week to compete at the annual Drake Relays. Competing on the signature “blue oval”, the Hawks competed against the best competition in Iowa, and excelled.
Prairie won the Hy-Vee high school cup, with 26 team points. Cedar Falls was the next closest with 18. This is just another high mark on the resume of coach Schwartz and the talented track team.
The highlights of the meet included a 1st place finish in the 4×100, ran by Juniors Joah Wallace and Martavian Borseth, and Seniors Trevor Northrup and Jalen Rima. The sprinters finished with a blistering time of 42.37 seconds.
In past years, Prairie’s track team was largely carried by their distance events. As talented underclassmen sprinters developed however, the Hawks became a more well rounded team.
As Northrup told the Gazette, “We got a new sprint coach in Michael Tierney, and the first thing he said was that when you thought of Prairie, you thought of our distance guys. He wanted to make Prairie a sprint team, too.”
Scoring in all 4 events, the podium saw lots of checkered jerseys. The Hawks won both the medley relay and the 4×100, finished 4th in 4×400, and 8th in the 4×800.
Even with all this success, the 4 scoring events don’t show the whole story. According to the Prairie Track Twitter account, the boys broke 4 school records, claimed 2 Drake titles, and 1 top time in the nation.
The medley team, with Northrup and Borseth running the 200 legs, Rima running the 400 leg, and senior Tysen VanDraska running the 800, not only broke the Drake record, but also was good for the #1 time in the nation. The total time was 3:25.94.
Rima, who is set to play D1 football next year at UNI, is used to success, and knows greatness when he sees it. He told the Gazette, “It’s unbelievable what we did. It’s special what we did, both individually and as a team.”