The Greene County girls high school track & field squad will now be joining the boys at today’s Tiger-Knight Relays at Carroll Athletic Field. Originally, only the Greene County boys were going to that meet, but there was an opening for a girls’ team, and the Rams lost an early season meet due to poor weather, so they seized the opportunity to compete one more time before the Drake Relays qualification deadline. Performances registered on the Drake website before midnight tonight will be considered for the April 27-28-29 Relays. Drake qualification is prestigious for Iowa high school athletes since only a select number qualify, and all athletes compete in one class, unlike State competition where there are four classes.
Greene County high jumper Megan Durbin is likely a Drake competitor for the second straight season. She jumped 5′ 4″ on Monday night at the Ram Relays and was tied for thirteenth place on QuikStatsiowa as of late Wednesday. Drake accepts the highest 24 jumpers by the deadline. Durbin won the Drake title last year and later won the Class 3A State title. The Greene County girls sat 91st in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 52.72 seconds, just .22 off the 52.50, which was listed as 80th late Wednesday. Drake accepts the fastest 80 times.
The only shot at Drake the Greene County boys would seem to have is in the 4 x 100 meter relay. The Rams have run 45.63 seconds, which was listed at number 104 late Wednesday while the 80th time was :45.28.
The competition is expected to be stiff at Carroll, so the Rams are hoping to run fast times.