Prep Track and Field

Drake Relays: Linn-Mar's Ryan Murphy earns a photo-finish 1,600-meter title

CPU's JoJo Frost captures 400 hurdles; Western Dubuque claims another relay

DES MOINES — This time next year, Ryan Murphy and Sam Schillinger will be track teammates at the University of Arkansas.

They already share a bond — contestants in one of the most gripping boys’ 1,600-meter finishes in Drake Relays history.

They needed to go three spots right of the decimal point to determine the winner Saturday at Drake Stadium. A senior at Linn-Mar, Murphy was the champion.

Video: Ryan Murphy wins Drake Relays 1,600

“It was close,” Murphy said in a vast understatement. “The last 50 meters, we battled back and forth as hard as we could.”

The difference was 6-thousandths of a second, 4:20.221 to 4:20.227.

Schillinger, a senior at Cedar Falls, edged Murphy by 5 seconds in a speedy 3,200-meter race Thursday.

“That gave me a little more motivation,” Murphy said. “I was disappointed Thursday. I’m glad I finally got my (championship) flag.”

It was asked if that flag completed his high-school resume.

“It’s not completed yet,” he responded. “In three weeks (at the state meet), there’s a lot more to come.”


Murphy took the lead with 800 meters to go, Schillinger drew even with a lap remaining, and they ran their final 400 together in about 60 seconds.

“There was a plan involved,” Murphy said. “I was able to execute my plan and it worked out at the end.”

Running in Lane 2, Center Point-Urbana’s JoJo Frost was the 400-meter hurdles victor in 53.70 seconds.

“My coach and I talked about that before the race. In Lane 2, I could see everybody in front of me, and I had a good runner beside me in Lane 1,” Frost said.

Frost found himself in a three-man race with Cole Willert of Saint Ansgar and Austin West of Iowa City West at the front of the stretch.

He wasn’t secure in the result until the final few strides.

Willert finished in 53.99 seconds, West in 54.53.

Video: Western Dubuque wins 400-meter relay

“Four or five meters away, I could tell by the way that (PA announcer) Mike Jay was talking that I had it,” he said. “I was second last year, and I was so close, I thought I’d better go get it.”

Western Dubuque’s speedy sprinters won their second four-legged race of the weekend, claiming the 400 relay. G Bennett, Max Steffen, Kenny Beard and Brandon Beard circled the track in 42.41 seconds.

“We looked at this as just another meet,” Brandon Beard said. “We didn’t want to get psyched out about it. We thought we can do something special.”

The same foursome — all seniors — won the 800 relay Friday.


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“We made some goals at the start of the season, and this was one of them,” Steffen said.

The Bobcats finished second to Waukee in the Hy-Vee Cup standings.

Waukee, which scored 29 points in the four designated relays, captured the 3,200-meter relay in 7:56.94. Mount Vernon got a big anchor from Jeremy Krogmann to finish third in 8:01.51, Cedar Rapids Prairie (8:04.29) was fourth.

Ankeny Centennial was the shuttle hurdle relay champion in 56.73 seconds. Bettendorf won the 1,600 relay in 3:20.61.


At Des Moines

Hy-Vee Cup standings (top 5) — 1. Waukee 29, 2. Western Dubuque 14, 3. (tie) Bettendorf, Indianola and Johnston 10.

3,200 relay — 1. Waukee (Doty, Andrews, Groathouse, Modlin), 7:56.94; 2. Urbandale, 7:58.82; 3. Mount Vernon, 8:01.51; 4. Cedar Rapids Prairie, 8:04.29; 5. Iowa City High, 8:05.87; 6. Pleasant Valley, 8:06.12; 7. Linn-Mar, 8:08.40; 8. Cedar Falls, 8:08.56.

Shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Ankeny Centennial (Moss, Mudge, Pinegar, Weil), 56.73; 2. Carlisle, 57.48; 3. West Des Moines Valley, 58.28; 4. Waukee, 58.30.

1,600 — 1. Ryan Murphy (Linn-Mar), 4:20.23; 2. Sam Schillinger (Cedar Falls), 4:20.23; 3. Gable Sieperda (Central Lyon), 4:21.61; 4. Camden Cox (Ankeny Centennial), 4:22.43; 5. Riley Bauer (North Union), 4:22.70; 6. Mark Conway (Pleasant Valley), 4:24.83; 7. Konnor Sommer (Pleasant Valley), 4:26.74; 8. Myles Bach (Marion), 4:28.04.

400 hurdles — 1. JoJo Frost (Center Point-Urbana), 53.70; 2. Cole Willert (Saint Ansgar), 53.99; 3. Austin West (Iowa City West), 54.53; 4. Demari Nicholson (Bettendorf), 54.71; 5. Zach Schulte (Central Lee), 55.02; 6. Alex Kauffmann (Western Dubuque), 55.04; 7. Dallas Wright (Carlisle), 55.37; 8. Wade Barclay (Southeast Polk), 55.55.


400 relay — 1. Western Dubuque (Bennett, Steffen, K.Beard, B.Beard), 42.41; 2. Davenport North, 42.75; 3. Johnston, 42.94; 4. West Burlington-Notre Dame, 43.22; 5. Ames, 43.25; 6. Waukee, 43.52; 7. Dallas Center-Grimes, 43.83.

1,600 relay — 1. Bettendorf (Anderson, Nicholson, Graves, Porter), 3:20.61; 2. Waukee, 3:20.70; 3. West Des Moines Valley, 3:21.93; 4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 3:21.97; 5. Western Dubuque, 3:22.29; 6. Ames, 3:22.54; 7. Waterloo West, 3:24.71; 8. Iowa City High, 3:25.99.

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