The Drake Relays
The Drake Relays is one of the oldest and most iconic track and field meets in the world. With a new title sponsor in Hy Vee, it is now also the biggest payday in the USA for track and field, with marque event winners walking away with a $25,000 check. The Georgia Track Club was well represented at the meet, and performed extremely well.
Dr. Josh Glass was contracted as the sports medicine provider for all the professional athletes in attendance, which worked out well for me to treat our athletes. Chaunte Lowe started the meet with a unique high jump competition in the produce section of the newest Hy Vee grocery store in the area. It proved a good warm up for her for the main competition in Drake Stadium on Saturday. With Chaunte’s husband and three children looking on, she thrilled the capacity crowd with a winning jump of 1.96 meters. Chaunte’s training partner, also Coached by Nat Page, Kristi Castlin also won her event the 110 meter hurdles, in a world leading time of 12.58 seconds. Kristi beat the defending world champion and American record holder in the process.
Another of the GTC’s high hurdlers used the shuttle hurdles relay to kick off his season: world and American record holder in the 110 meter hurdles Aries Merritt anchored the victorious team in the relay. Christian Taylor stepped out from his best event the triple jump, where is a world and Olympic champion, to run the 400 meters. Christian ran a personal best of 45.17 and placed fifth. This was the start of a prolific and successful outdoor season for Christian. It was a great experience to be there to support the GTC and watch their great performances. While we were in Iowa, GTC athletes DeeDee Trotter and Monica Hargrove were on the wining 4 x 400 USA relay team at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia
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