Drake Relays: The field can't deny Linn-Mar's Trent Davis, but the wind does

His 13.99-second effort is the 3rd fastest in state history

DES MOINES — Darn tailwind.

Trent Davis became only the third 110-meter hurdler to eclipse the 14-second barrier in state history. The senior from Linn-Mar came from behind to win the Drake Relays boys’ title Friday morning at Drake Stadium, in 13.99.

“It’s surreal,” said Davis, a North Dakota State University signee. “The last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on my start, the first three hurdles. It wasn’t the best start, but I still got it done.”

Davis’ time eclipsed the Drake record of 14.01, set by Joah Banks of Cedar Rapids Prairie in 2017. But a tailwind of 3.5 meters per second nullified the effort from going onto the record board.

The allowable tailwind is anything below 2.0 meters per second.

Still, the time stays on the all-time Iowa list, where it ranks No. 3.

Davis spent most of the race chasing down Jack Garber of Conrad BCLUW. He finally pulled even on the seventh hurdle, then pulled away at the very end. Garber finished second in 14.20.

“The last five hurdles ... I close very well,” Davis said. “Something takes over in the second half of the race.

“I have a belief in myself, even if I’m behind after five, six, seven hurdles ... I don’t panic. I trust myself at the end.”

Davis was a sophomore when Banks was the state’s top hurdler.

“I was in all of those races with him,” he said. “I thought, that’s going to be me someday.”


Davis was one of two Metro champions Friday. Cam Jones of Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the lead on his third throw in the discus and won it at 178 feet, 5 inches.

Jones was the model of consistency, exceeding 170 feet on each of his last four throws. Nobody else went over 170 more than once.

“I never felt comfortable, though,” said Jones, a senior who will throw at the University of Northern Iowa next season. “At state last year, I got passed on the last throw and couldn’t get it back.

“It was rough for a couple of days. I was really motivated to come back. I want to do it again in (three) weeks (at state), that’s the goal.”

Mount Vernon’s Matt Vislisel climbed from fourth to second on his final throw of 173-3.

“It was a now-or-never kind of thing,” Vislisel said. “I was hoping for somewhere around 173 feet. I had a good time throwing with those guys.”

Western Dubuque’s Damon Jaeger led the long-jump competition until the very end, when Dike-New Hartford’s Parker Kiewiet passed him with a leap of 22 feet, 8 inches. Jaeger settled for second at 22-6 3/4.

In the evening session, Linn-Mar was fourth in the 3,200-meter relay in 8:02.71, and Iowa City West’s Gabe Caruthers was fourth in the 400. It was the first boys’ 400 contested in Drake history, and Bettendorf’s Darien Porter won it in 47.94 seconds.


Discus — 1. Cam Jones (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 178-5; 2. Matt Vislisel (Mount Vernon), 173-3; 3. Noah Fenske (New Hampton), 171-0; 4. Logan Jones (Lewis Central), 170-7; 5. Mosai Newsom (Waverly-Shell Rock), 166-11; 6. Kaden Schilling (Cedar Rapids Prairie), 165-5; 7. Blake Veenstra (Pella Christian), 163-4; 8. Kody Huisman (Pella), 159-2.


Long jump — 1. Parker Kiewiet (Dike-New Hartford), 22-8; 2. Damon Jaeger (Western Dubuque), 22-6 3/4; 3. Tamin Lipsey (Ames), 22-3 1/4; 4. Thai Thompson (West Des Moines Dowling), 21-6 3/4; 5. Deyton Love (Waterloo West), 21-3 1/2; 6. Carter Bell (Bettendorf), 20-10 1/4; 7. Jaquel Davis (Iowa City Liberty), 20-7 1/4; 8. Kelvin Mukosa (Bettendorf), 20-4 1/2.

Distance medley relay — 1. Urbandale (J. Neyens, I. Neyens, Waylee, Marcotte), 3:28.33; 2. Waukee, 3:30.90; 3. Algona, 3:31.32; 4. Cedar Falls, 3:31.75; 5. West Des Moines Valley, 3:32.65; 6. Oskaloosa, 3:34.03; 7. West Des Moines Dowling, 3:34.53; 8. Ankeny, 3:34.69.

110 hurdles — 1. Trent Davis (Linn-Mar), 13.99; 2. Jack Garber (Conrad BCLUW), 14.20; 3. Josh Ubadigbio (Des Moines Roosevelt), 14.55; 4. Deyton Love (Waterloo West), 14.59; 5. Trevor Foley (Des Moines East), 14.67; 6. Drew Bartels (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 14.67; 7. Avery Martensen (Monticello), 14.88; 8. Jace Christensen (Southeast Polk), 14.93.

800 relay — 1. West Des Moines Valley (Shaner, Gass, Neu, Keller), 1:27.76; 2. Bettendorf, 1:27.95; 3. Waukee, 1:28.05; 4. Urbandale, 1:28.55; 5. West Des Moines Dowling, 1:29.42; 6. Dubuque Wahlert, 1:29.50; 7. Sioux City East, 1:29.79; 8. Williamsburg, 1:29.83.

800 — 1. Joe Schaefer (Johnston), 1:54.13; 2. Aniey Akok (Ames), 1:55.52; 3. Chase Mullenix (Atlantic), 1:56.89; 4. Joe Simon (Grinnell), 1:57.42; 5. Chase McAlister (South Central Calhoun), 1:57.68; 6. Nathan Skala (Cedar Rapids Xavier), 1:57.72; 7. Dylan Blake (Mapleton MVAOCOU), 1:58.30; 8. Spencer Moon (South Central Calhoun), 1:58.33.

100 — 1. Ardell Inlay (Sioux City East), 10.88; 2. Harrison Waylee (Urbandale), 10.88; 3. Bernard Bell Jr. (Ames), 10.91; 4. Max Smith (Ankeny), 10.99; 5. Jorma Schwedler (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 11.13; 6. Tyson Vander Linden (Lynnville-Sully), 11.14; 7. Jax Lamm (West Burlington-Notre Dame), 11.15; 8. Jagger Gourley (Mediapolis), 11.26.

3,200 relay — 1. Johnston (Borwick, Kleve, Schmitz, Schaefer), 7:58.66; 2. Waukee, 7:59.25; 3. Bettendorf, 8:00.79; 4. Linn-Mar, 8:02.71; 5. West Des Moines Dowling, 8:03.25; 6. Dubuque Hempstead, 8:05.98; 7. Cedar Falls, 8:07.72; 8. South Hamilton, 8:07.82.

400 — 1. Darien Porter (Bettendorf), 47.94 (Drake record); 2. Jorma Schwedler (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 48.39; 3. Aaron Smith (Waukee), 49.00; 4. Gabe Caruthers (Iowa City West), 49.12; 5. Carter Huyser (Oskaloosa), 50.03; 6. Zade Niklasen (Atlantic), 50.26; 7. Matt Miller (Humboldt), 50.26; 8. Thomas Collins (Ankeny Centennial), 50.27.

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