Mavericks look for fast times at Drake Relays
April 23, 2010
Arlington, Texas - A select number of UT Arlington track and field athletes are in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for the annual Drake Relays. Over 7,200 athletes are expected at this year's Relays which is billed as "America's Athletics Classic".
Head coach John Sauerhage is taking 23 athletes with his staff to the Relays. Included in this group are sprinters Cordero Gray and Jasmine Walls, pole vaulter Wade Hayes plus others who have helped the Mavericks post some of the relays times in the Southland this season.
Last year at this meet, the Mavericks broke a 27-year-old school record in the 4x800 relay as Darren Rous, Idilio Campos, Dwight Robinson and Ozie Hood ran the race in 7:26.47 which eclipsed the old mark of 7:27.82 set in 1982.
"That was the one record that we had tried to break again and again over the years and we just never could," Sauerhage, who was on the 1982 relay team that had held the record, said. "But those guys ran a great race last year. Maybe we can break it again."
Robinson and Hood are with the Mavericks in Des Moines and should be a part of that relay team again. Hood ran a personal best in the 1,500 of 3:52.42 last week at the Mt. Sac Relays.
"We are looking to have a good meet this week as we continue to prepare for the conference championships," Sauerhage said.
The Mavericks currently have the second fastest men's time in the 4x100 relay in the Southland at 40.31 which was set at the Bobby Lane Invitational. Meanwhile the women's time of 45.98 in the same event is the best in the conference.
Live stats and results are available for the Drake Relays at godrakebulldogs.com