DES MOINES — Iowa State’s Eric Fogltanz was 6 meters behind Iowa’s Chris Douglas in the last 100 meters of the men’s 400-meter hurdles.
Fogltanz wasn’t worried.
“It was kind of a strange race,” Fogltanz said. “I was getting pretty close to the hurdles with my normal steps, so I have to figure that out. I started out pretty well, then got in that weird groove and with 100 meters left, I knew his speed wasn’t as good as mine. Even though he had 5 to 6 meters one me, I knew I was going to be able to out-kick him.”
Fogltanz finished first with a time of 50.98 Friday at the Drake Relays. Iowa State teammate Mason Weh, who finished first in his heat, placed second overall with a time of 51.37.
Douglas and teammates Reymonte Dow and Noah Larrison finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to round out the all-Iowa colleges top five. Douglas finished with a time of 51.38.
Fogltanz, a Monitowoc, Wis., native has always been a late, strong finisher.
“It’s just been my entire career,” he said. “When I first started in the 300-meter hurdles in high school, I’d dog it for 200 meters, then out-kick people. As much of a terrible habit that is when you’re young, once you learn how to actually run the race it really pays off.
“All my teammates know, even if I’m getting beat by a couple meters, I’ll usually out-kick my opponents.”
Fogltanz kicked the coasting habit in high school.
“It honestly probably wasn’t until my senior year of high school,” Fogltanz said. “I made it to state my junior year and that’s when I got a taste for what it was really like. I knew I had to get better and I knew that’s where I could get better.”
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He is the first Iowa State athlete to win the 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays since Michael Graham in 1990.
Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga won the women’s discus with a throw of 187 feet, 5 inches. She beat Missouri’s Gabi Jacobs, whose best throw was 180 feet, 2 inches.
Tausaga also beat Chioma Onyekwere, Kayla Hopkins and Summer Pierson, professionals competing alongside the collegians in the event.
Tausaga followed her afternoon discus victory with a second-place finish in shot put in the evening.
It appeared Tausaga would win the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 8 1/4 inches. But on her last throw, Akealy Moton of North Dakota State launched it 55 feet, 1/4 inch to unseat Tausaga. Tausaga had a chance to answer, but she faulted on her throw and finished second.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Iowa’s Jenny Kimbro finished second with a time of 58.43. Kentucky’s Faith Ross won in 58.21.
The second-place trend continued for Iowa with Nathan Mylenek finishing runner-up to Wichita State’s Zack Penrod in the 1,500-meter run. Mylenek’s time was 3:44.49 and Drake’s Kevin Kelly finished third in 3:44.72.
In the men’s 200-meter dash, Iowa again finished second. Antonio Woodard finished with a time of 20.70 and teammate Karayme Bartley took third in 20.71.
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