Improved relay times highlight local success at Drake

HCHS boys 4x400, girls 4x100 run season-best times; Erlemeier, Weyer and Rasmussen compete as individuals

 DES MOINES (April 26-27) -- Area athletes competed in five events at the 110th annual Drake Relays this past weekend, recording a pair of season-best relay times and placing above their qualifying rank on three occasions.
 The Harlan Community boys 4x400 relay and girls 4x100 relay both ran their fastest times of the year in impressive fashion.
 The boys 4x400 team of Eli Boldan, Jon Owens, Johnathan Monson and Michael Erlemeier improved their season ‘PR’ by more than two and a half seconds Friday night, finishing 15th out of 24 schools in the prelims with a time of 3:25.65. Led by Erlemeier’s sub-50 second split on the anchor leg, the Cyclones placed fifth in heat three and improved upon their qualifying rank by five spots.
 On a cold and windy Saturday morning, the Cyclone girls’ 4x100 quartet of Savanna Musich, Delaney Wegner, Abby Alberti and Chloe Hansen also ran well and clicked on all three handoffs, placing second in their heat and 34th out of 96 teams with a prelim time of 51.57. HCHS qualified for Drake with the 51st-best time of 52.10.
 Musich and Wegner are both freshmen, Alberti is a junior and Hansen, who has fought through a sore quad muscle throughout the spring, is a senior and three-time Drake participant.
 Three local individuals also competed at Drake on Friday morning.
 Erlemeier, a sophomore for HCHS, placed 13th out of 24 qualifiers in the boys long jump with a mark of 20 feet, six inches. Cyclone senior Derec Weyer finished 14th out 24 in the boys discus, throwing 150 feet, seven inches, while IKM-Manning freshman Amos Rasmussen came in 31st out of 32 in the boys 100-meter dash prelims with a time of 12.16 seconds. Rasmussen continues to battle a sore hamstring that has slowed his times of late.

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