Drake Relays: Joah Banks wins 110 hurdles in record time

'It was about me and those 10 hurdles'

Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Joah Banks races to victory in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays on Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Banks was timed in 14.17 seconds. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Joah Banks races to victory in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays on Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Banks was timed in 14.17 seconds. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Joah Banks felt the cold rain, too, and let it run off.

He heard the murmurs and grumps from his competitors, and he knew he had them beat.

“Everybody talked about how bad the weather was,” said Banks, hurdling ace from Cedar Rapids Prairie. “It wasn’t about the weather. It wasn’t about the competition.

Video: Joah Banks wins 110-meter hurdles

“It was about me and those 10 hurdles.”

Despite the rain and the sub-40-degree chill, Banks set a Drake Relays record in the 110-meter highs Friday at Drake Stadium, motoring through his race in 14.01 seconds.

“I just didn’t let (the conditions) affect me,” said Banks, who won it for the second consecutive year. “This was something I had left in my goals.”

Banks was joined in the area winner’s circle by Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs (discus) and the Western Dubuque 800-meter relay.

Wirfs became the first thrower to complete a shot put/discus sweep since 2004, whirling and whipping the disc 190 feet, 1 inch.

That came a day after his effort of 66-3 1/2 in the shot put him No. 2 on the all-time chart in that event.

“It feels great to sweep the throws. At Drake, it’s the best in the state, not just the best in your class,” Wirfs said.

Like Banks, he overcame the conditions.


“A lot of us would get a grip on the discus, then put our hand under our jersey to keep it dry and keep that stick on it,” he said.

“I felt it come out of my hand good, then when I watched it land, I was really happy.”

Western Dubuque’s lineup of G Bennett, Max Steffen, Kenny Beard and Brandon Beard ran the 800 relay in 1:28.91, about a half-second ahead of runner-up Waterloo West.

When it was over, Brandon Beard knelt to the ground and kissed the track.

Video: Western Dubuque wins 800-meter relay

“It’s unbelievable. An amazing feeling. Nothing can top it,” he said. “I knew I had to keep going. They were coming fast.”

All four of the Bobcats are seniors.

“We’ve been buddies since third grade,” Steffen said. “We knew each other really well, and we trust each other.”

West Burlington-Notre Dame’s Isaiah Trousil became the fourth contestant in Drake history to win three consecutive 100-meter races. He was clocked in 10.53 seconds.

Other boys’ winners Friday were Nick Foss of Harlan in the long jump (21-1 1/4) and Josh Andrews of Waukee in the 800 (1:55.63). Indianola was tops in the distance medley relay, in 3:31.83.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Jackson Coker was third in the discus, and Terrell Jordan Jr. was fourth in the long jump. Iowa City West’s Derek Nugent was third in the 800, and West was fourth in the distance medley.


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Discus — 1. Tristan Wirfs (Mount Vernon), 190-1; 2. Nick Phelps (KP-WC), 176-7; 3. Jackson Coker (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 174-8; 4. Coy Kirkpatrick (Madrid), 169-5; 5. Bedale Naba (West Des Moines Valley), 161-1; 6. Sam Phillips (Fremont-Mills), 160-8; 7. Jonathan Gannon (Iowa City West), 158-8; 8. Cole Webster (Bettendorf), 157-4.

Long jump — 1. Nick Foss (Harlan), 21-6 1/2; 2. Kevin Kurth (Davenport Central), 21-6; 3. Trey Washington (Dallas Center-Grimes), 21-6; 4. Terrell Jordan Jr. (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 21-1 1/4; 5. Tariq Brown (West Des Moines Valley), 20-11 1/4; 6. Treveon Fugate (West Des Moines Valley), 20-10 3/4; 7. Malik Haynes (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 20-10 1/2; 8. Carlton Todd (Waterloo West), 20-10.

Distance medley relay — 1. Indianola (Ewoldsen, Hartung, Strom, Linnan), 3:31.83; 2. Waukee, 3:31.84; 3. Cedar Falls, 3:32.41; 4. Iowa City West, 3:32.44; 5. Johnston, 3:33.97; 6. Iowa City High, 3:35.62; 7. Waterloo West, 3:35.65;

110 hurdles — 1. Joah Banks (Cedar Rapids Prairie), 14.01*; 2. Lantz Reed (Boone), 14.33; 3. Riley Moss (Ankeny Centennial), 14.38; 4. Gratt Reed (Atlantic), 14.42; 5. JoJo Frost (Center Point-Urbana), 14.61; 6. Dallas Wright (Carlisle), 14.67; 7. Zeal Baker (Linn-Mar), 14.71; 8. Wade Barclay (Southeast Polk), 14.79.

800 relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Bennett, Steffen, K.Beard, B.Beard), 1:28.91; 2. Waterloo West, 1:29.47; 3. West Des Moines Valley, 1:29.85; 4. Albia, 1:29.87; 5. Davenport North, 1:30.15; 6. Cedar Rapids Washington, 1:30.61; 7. Johnston, 1:30.76; 8. Waukee, 1:30.77.

100 — 1. Isaiah Trousil (West Burlington-Notre Dame), 10.53; 2. Ryan Van Baale (Ankeny Centennial), 10.67; 3. Tavien Gardner (Urbandale), 10.90; 4. Johnny Pater (Johnston), 10.96; 5. Tay Collins (Dubuque Hempstead), 11.04; 6. Tony Leshen (Albia), 11.10; 7. Jayson Murray (West Des Moines Dowling), 11.38.

800 — 1. Josh Andrews (Waukee), 1:55.63; 2. Matt Fraizer (West Des Moines Dowling), 1:56.73; 3. Derek Nugent (Iowa City West), 1:56.99; 4. Tyler Olson (Muscatine), 1:57.11; 5. Seb Gearhart (Cedar Falls), 1:57.26; 6. Quentin Linnan (Indianola), 1:57.35; 7. Alec Still (KP-WC), 1:57.59; 8. Daniel Carey (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson), 1:57.87.

*meet record

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