Saturday, April 25, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: The Jefferson girls 4 x 200 relay team of Abbie Ranschau, Jasmine Blue, Morgan Meese and Lucy Schneekloth, wins Drake Relays title in meet record time of 1:40.96 ... Linn-Mar's Stephanie Jenks wins girls 800 in 2:09.64 ... FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MIDWEST LEAGUE: Kane County at Kernels, postponed, rain (doubleheader Saturday 2 p.m.). ... GIRLS SOCCER - Center Point-Urbana at Marion, ppd ... BOYS SOCCER - Marion at Center Point-Urbana, ppd ... BOYS TENNIS - Marion at Union, ppd ... GIRLS TENNIS - Union at Marion, ppd ... COLLEGE BASEBALL - Mount Mercy 2, Viterbo 0 ... Viterbo at Mount Mercy, suspended, rain to 4/26 ... Coe at Dubuque (2), ppd ... COLLEGE SOFTBALL - AIB 11, Mount Mercy 5 ... Mount Mercy 5, AIB 2 ...
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J-Hawks break record in 4x200 at Drake

DES MOINES - For awhile Friday morning, it looked like Jefferson's dreams of a golden journey at the 106th Drake Relays had been shattered.

By Friday afternoon, however, the J-Hawks and gutsy sprinter Jasmine Blue had their championship flags and a coveted place in the Drake record book.

Abbie Ranschau, Blue, Morgan Meese and Lucy Schneekloth broke the Drake record in the 4x200 relay in 1 minute, 40.96 seconds, barely missing Jefferson's own all-time Iowa best of 1:40.94 set in 2013.

It nearly didn't happen.

Blue appeared to hurt herself at the end of the sprint medley relay earlier in the day when the J-Hawks finished third in a tight race, but a lengthy leg massage had Blue back in business for the 4x200 relay about three hours later.


Jenks claims 7th title at Drake

DES MOINES - As it turns out, Stephanie Jenks can run in traffic. And she's developed a strong kick for the rare occasion when she's actually challenged in a race.

The Linn-Mar junior needed both skills Friday to capture the 800 meter run at the 106th Drake Relays for her seventh career victory in America's Classic.

Jenks maneuvered her way through a tight pack of runners and sprinted down the home stretch to win the 800 in 2 minutes, 9.64 seconds in a talented field.


Mustangs slog past Viterbo, 2-0

Austin Czwewiec threw a 3-hit shutout as Mount Mercy blanked Viterbo, 2-0, in the first game of a scheduled Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader on a rainy Friday at Ken Charipar Field.

Viterbo held a 1-0 lead after one inning of the second game before it was called by rain. It will be continued at noon Sunday prior to a scheduled doubleheader.

First baseman Patrick Haney had three hits and scored a run. Former Linn-Mar standout Ben Larson had two hits, driving home both runs with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth.


Jenks takes Drake 3000 for 3rd time

DES MOINES - Linn-Mar star Stephanie Jenks expects to lose a race at the 106th Drake Relays this weekend, but don't be alarmed.

It won't be one of her special distance races.

Jenks reigned supreme in the 3000 meter run for the third straight year Thursday and she'll be heavily favored to capture the 1500 for the third straight year Saturday.

It's the 400 hurdles that will probably trip her up, but that's understandable. Jenks is a novice at the event and Sarah Plock of Iowa City High is a two-time champ.

In fact, Plock teased Jenks in an e-mail about their "confrontation" in Des Moines.


Jacobus falling in love with decathlon

DES MOINES - Derek Jacobus was a four-sport athlete during his days at Kennedy High School, but that was child's play compared to what he's doing now.

Jacobus has become a decathlete in his first year at the University of Northern Iowa, which means he has to concentrate on 10 different events at the same time.

He competed in his first decathlon Wednesday and Thursday at the Drake Relays and finished a respectable 14th out of 25 contestants.

"First ever," he said with a smile, "and I'm competing with All-Americans."

Timauntay Jones, a Cedar Rapids Jefferson grad, placed fifth in the men's 800 meter run Thursday in 1:51.27 for Oklahoma State.


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