Prep Track and Field

Drake Relays: Cedar Rapids Jefferson wins 800-meter relay in record time

J-Hawks' effort of 1:27.14 ranks No. 4 all-time

Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Ezeki Leggins (right) hugs Josue Bokoyo (left) after winning the boys’ 800-meter relay at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on Friday. Jefferson won the event with a Drake-record 1:27.14 minutes. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Ezeki Leggins (right) hugs Josue Bokoyo (left) after winning the boys’ 800-meter relay at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on Friday. Jefferson won the event with a Drake-record 1:27.14 minutes. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — They have contested the boys’ 800-meter relay at the Drake Relays for 108 years.

Nobody has run it as fast as the Jefferson J-Hawks did Friday afternoon.

Josue Bokoyo, Mitchell Hall, Ezeki Leggins and James Baugh blistered the Jim Duncan Track in 1 minute, 27.14 seconds, setting a meet record.

It’s an effort that ranks No. 4 all-time at Iowa.

“We were hoping to get into the 1:27s,” Hall said. “We want to get up to No. 1, slow and steady.”

There’s nothing slow about this unit, which eclipsed the old Drake record of 1:27.41, set by Cedar Falls in 2011. The next frontier is the all-time Iowa best (1:26.40, Iowa City High, 1997).

Nothing seems impossible.

“You’ll have to wait and see what we do,” Baugh said. “We don’t even know, ourselves.”

Jefferson won the 800 relay for the second time in school history. The other was in 1981.

Sprint relays have been the domain of the Jefferson girls recently. Now the boys have caught up.

“It was time for us to step up to the plate and get it done,” Bokoyo said. “It feels amazing. This was our goal, and we came here and got it done.”

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Friday night, Jefferson was at it again, establishing the Drake record in the 400 relay — 42.02 seconds — in the preliminaries. The J-Hawks are seeded No. 1 in that event Saturday.

While the J-Hawks staked their claim as the state’s fastest unit, West Liberty’s Tanner Iske established himself as the fleetest individual.

Iske captured the boys’ 100-meter title in 10.77 seconds.

“It’s a great feeling, all the time and effort I have put into track,” Iske said. “I came into the race on top (he was seeded No. 1 and had the top preliminary time), and I wanted to leave on top.”

Iske edged Bernard Bell Jr. of Ames, Gavin Williams of Southeast Polk and Gage Clay of Avoca AHSTW, all by 7-hundredths of a second or less.

“I felt somebody coming up along side me,” Iske said. “But to win it ... it’s an amazing feeling.”

Terrell Jordan Jr. of Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Keith Keahna of South Tama were the area morning highlights, placing second in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump, respectively.

Jordan finished behind Ankeny Centennial’s Riley Moss, clocking at 14.44. Moss, who set an all-time Iowa best of 13.85 in the preliminaries earlier Friday, won the final in 14.04. Linn-Mar’s Trent Davis was third.

“(Moss) is a great competitor. I was trying my best to keep up with him,” Jordan said.

Keahna cleared 6 feet, 7 inches in his first Drake appearance.

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“It was really exciting. I knew a lot of people were watching, and that made me do better,” Keahna said. “My approach was down today. I exploded each time I jumped.”

Solon’s Tyler Linderbaum was third in the shot put with a heave of 57 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Nick Phelps of KP-WC won it at 63-3. 

DRAKE RELAYS: FRIDAY’S BOYS RESULTS

Shot put — 1. Nick Phelps (KP-WC), 63-3; 2. Dominick Etherington (Algona), 59-7; 3. Tyler Linderbaum (Solon), 57-1 1/2; 4. Zach Stacy (West Des Moines Dowling), 56-3 3/4; 5. Justin Ridout (East Marshall), 54-4 1/2; 6. Noah Fenske (New Hampton), 54-2 1/4; 7. Landon Green (Iowa City West), 54-1; 8. Trajan Walhof (Sioux Center), 54-0 3/4.

High jump — 1. Miles Rupiper (Carroll Kuemper), 6-9; 2. Keith Keahna (South Tama), 6-7; 3. Owen Minshall (Waukee), 6-7; 4. Grant Brouwer (Sibley-Ocheyedan), 6-7; 5. Braeden Hoyer (Northeast), 6-7; 6. Jackson Fisher (Chariton), 6-5; 7. Cauy Spidle (Central Decatur), 6-5; 8. Jacee Clark (Waterloo East), 6-5.

Distance medley relay — 1. Urbandale (Miller, Dabney, Marcotte, Daumueller), 3:30.25; 2. Pekin, 3:30.99; 3. Dubuque Senior, 3:32.34; 4. Atlantic, 3:32.48; 5. West Des Moines Dowling, 3:34.20; 6. Bettendorf, 3:34.22; 7. Waukee, 3:34.96; 8. Davenport West, 3:35.39.

110 hurdles — 1. Riley Moss (Ankeny Centennial), 14.04; 2. Terrell Jordan Jr. (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 14.44; 3. Trent Davis (Linn-Mar), 14.52; 4. Gratt Reed (Atlantic), 14.76; 5. Jack Garber (Conrad BCLUW), 14.79; 6. Mason Aschbrenner (Cardinal), 14.82; 7. Luke Ira (Solon), 15.12; 8. Jake Lowe (Mount Pleasant), 16.09. Note: Moss ran 13.85 in the prelims, an all-time Iowa best.

800 relay — 1. Cedar Rapids Jefferson (Bokoyo, Hall, Leggins, Baugh), 1:27.14 (Drake record); 2. Ankeny Centennial, 1:28.24; 3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 1:28.44; 4. West Des Moines Dowling, 1:28.52; 5. West Des Moines Valley, 1:28.70; 6. Southeast Polk, 1:28.79; 7. Bettendorf, 1:29.27; 8. Waukee, 1:29.55.

800 — 1. Tyler Olson (Muscatine), 1:56.55; 2. Quentin Linnan (Indianola), 1:56.87; 3. Chase Mullenix (Atlantic), 1:57.80; 4. Riley Bauer (North Union), 1:58.47; 5. Joe Schaefer (Johnston), 1:58.52; 6. Gable Sieperda (Central Lyon), 1:58.95; 7. Carter Huyser (Oskaloosa), 1:59.46; 8. John Paul Rethwisch (Iowa City High), 2:00.73.

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100 — 1. Tanner Iske (West Liberty), 10.77; 2. Bernard Bell Jr. (Ames), 10.79; 3. Gavin Williams (Southeast Polk), 10.81; 4. Gage Clay (Avoca AHSTW), 10.84; 5. Harrison Waylee (Urbandale), 10.94; 7. Sam Tudor (Waterloo West), 11.02; 8. Ryan Van Baale (Ankeny Centennial), 11.03.

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