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As this year’s Drake Relays approached, I kept a careful eye on news releases and media guidance. I’ve covered the Relays several times, so I had a good sense for sight lines, and went into the week with visual problem-solving and the historic record in mind. We had a clean line of sight for classic finish line photos and more abstract graphic compositions of hurdles, but I also sought to make photos that told the story of the Relays with coronavirus restrictions in place by capturing fans outside the fence, socially distanced seating in the stands, and a quiet stadium during the steeplechase. Shot put posed a unique challenge without access to the field. Positioning myself behind the ring with a 400mm lens, I was pleasantly surprised by the clean background that allowed me to make this image of Keiara Williams’ quiet concentration.