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Jessica Feldman - University of South Dakota  (Photo courtesy of Mike Byrnes)
 DES MOINES -- University of South Dakota senior Jessica Feldman competed in her seventh and final Drake Relays last weekend, running in a pair of relays for the Coyote women’s track team on the blue oval inside Drake Stadium. Jessica is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Feldman, Panama, and a 2013...
 BELIEVE THE HYPE -- HCHS junior Nick Foss won the Drake Relays boys long jump Friday morning with a mark of 21 feet, 6.25 inches, outlasting 23 other high school competitors in the rain at Drake Stadium. Foss is participating in his first year of track and field since he was in seventh grade. “I guess I wasn’t really into all the hype,” he said. “I just came here and competed like I normally do at any other track meet.”
 DES MOINES -- High school champions were crowned in 20 individual events at the 108th annual Drake Relays this past weekend. In nearly every instance, the 2017 flag-winner was already a household name among state track and field followers and ranked at or near the top of the meet’s qualifier list...
 HCHS junior Nick Foss lands in the Drake Relays’ long jump sand en route to his championship finish Friday.
 Harlan Community junior Nick Foss became just the third track athlete in school history to win a Drake Relays’ individual championship Friday morning when he placed first in the boys long jump at Drake Stadium. Sondra Rauterkus won the girls high jump in 1999 and 2000 while Steve Wegner also won...
 HCHS junior Alyssa Sotelo (left) hands the baton to sophomore Chloe Hansen in the 4x100 relay prelims. HCHS was later disqualified. (Photo courtesy of Ross Eberhart, DeWitt Observer)
 DES MOINES -- Harlan Community seniors Gillian Streit and Allison Bruck competed with the best of the best at the 2017 Drake Relays this past weekend. And although neither girl worked their way into medalist contention in their feature event, both were happy to be a part of “America’s Athletic...
 AHSTW junior Gage Clay placed 14th out of 32 qualifiers in the boys 100-meter dash Friday morning at the Drake Relays. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- In a race often dominated by large-school sprinters, AHSTW junior Gage Clay once again held his own in the Drake Relays’ 100-meter dash Friday morning. Running out of lane 8, Clay struggled a bit coming out of the blocks but recovered well to finish third in Heat 2 and place 14th out...
 HCHS junior Taylor Andersen chases down a return shot during her tiebreaker win over Atlantic’s Ashley Freund last Monday in Harlan.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community girls tennis team hosted three dual meets last week, winning 7-2 over Atlantic on Monday and losing to St. Albert (7-2) on Tuesday and Clarinda (6-3) on Thursday. HCHS is now 2-7 on the season, including a 1-7 mark in Hawkeye Ten Conference meets. The Cyclone girls...
 OAKLAND -- Alex Blum’s penalty kick with 5:51 left in the first half supplied the only goal last Tuesday (April 25) as the Harlan Community boys soccer team improved to 7-1 with a 1-0 win at Riverside (2-5 overall). HCHS controlled the match from a possession standpoint, taking 32 total shots and...
 IKM-Manning junior Payton Sporrer leads off the Wolves’ gold-medal 4x800 relay team at the Audubon Co-Ed Invite. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AUDUBON -- The girls and boys track teams from IKM-Manning and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton battled brutal conditions for five hours Tuesday night, combining to win four events and place 39 times at the Audubon Wheeler Co-Ed Relays. The meet featured falling temperatures into the mid-40’s, a strong...
 HCHS junior Ellen Keast watches her drive from the No. 4 tee box at the Harlan Golf and Country Club on Monday.
 HARLAN -- It didn’t result in a win, but the Harlan Community girls golf team certainly rose to the challenge late Monday afternoon in a matchup with the defending Class 3-A state champions. Hosting an Atlantic squad that returns five of its top six players from last year’s title winner, the...
 GLENWOOD -- The Harlan Community boys track team scored in just seven events and posted a season-low 18.5 points to place 11th out of 13 teams at Monday’s Glenwood Ram Co-Ed Relays. HCHS limited the number of events that some of its top athletes competed in and did not stack any relays against the...

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