North Dakota State will be bringing a fierce contingent in the throws headlined by senior Payton Otterdahl, who broke the all-time collegiate indoor shot put record this past weekend at the Summit League Championship. The record of 71-03.5 was previously held by Ryan Crouser of Texas and Ryan Whiting of Arizona State, and Otterdahl claimed it with a heave of 71-06.75. His teammate, sophomore Alex Talley, along with women’s team members junior Bailey Retzlaff, seniors Shelby Gunnells and returning hammer champion Maddy Nilles, will all be contenders in the throws. “We’ve had a long-standing tradition of competing at the Drake Relays, and that’s for good reason. The atmosphere and fan support you receive there are second to none,” commented long time North Dakota State head coach Don Larson. “Just the history of the meet, all the world-class athletes that have competed there, it’s a special experience for our student-athletes.”These Division I universities join the previously announced teams of Drake, Illinois, Iowa, Loyola, Missouri, Purdue, South Dakota and the Utah women. All-Session tickets are now on sale at draketix.com/drakerelays or call 515-271-3647. For group ticket packages or more information, contact Dustin in the Drake Ticket Office at 515-271-4949. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES – The NCAA Division I indoor conference championships brought exceptional performances last weekend which include the second group of returning teams announced by the 2019 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.The Iowa State men, which finished second in the Big 12 Conference Indoor Championship, are focused on improving their runner-up finish in the Hy-Vee Cup last year and defending their 4x800m and sprint medley relay titles. The Cyclones boast nationally ranked indoor distance runners in juniors Rochon Roomes, Festus Lagat, Andrew Jordan and Edwin Kurgat, along with a tough distance medley relay team. Vlad Pavelnko, a senior, adds strength in the weight throw. “The Drake Relays is one of the highlights of our outdoor track and field season,” said Iowa State head coach Martin Smith. “It’s a very special and exciting weekend for all of our student athletes that are from the state of Iowa as they get an opportunity to return and compete on the Blue Oval. We look forward to showcasing our middle distance relays against premier national competition.”The Air Force men won the Mountain West Indoor Conference meet with six individual champions plus the 4x400m relay. For the first time ever, the South Dakota State men came home with the Summit League Indoor crown including seven individual titles. Three of those went to senior Kyle Burdick in the mile, 3000m and 5000m. The distance crew for Tulsa is coming off a strong American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship with senior Ben Preisner racing to the men’s 3000m and 5000m crowns. Northern Iowa juniors Connor Ham and Keegan Tritle will be contenders in the hurdles and throws, respectively. On the women’s side, the distance events should see competition from Iowa State sophomores Cailie Logue and Amanda Vestri along with Jaci Smith, a senior from the Air Force. The Cyclones will be ready to defend their title in the 4x800m, while Smith aims to regain the 5000m title she won in 2017 on the Blue Oval. In the high jump, senior Stephanie Ahrens of Nebraska-Omaha ranks in the top five nationally. Also in the mix for the women in the long throws will be senior Erin Reese of Indiana State. New faces on the Blue Oval will be ISU freshman Keira Christie-Galloway who won the Big 12 60-meter hurdle title and freshman Sydney Milani of Southeast Polk making her collegiate debut.
Finishing stretch of the Ironman at MooloolabaA new campaign promoting the Sunshine Coast as the major events capital of regional Australia was unveiled yesterday by Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council.“The World is Coming…” promotional campaign, will showcase the massive calendar of events coming to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 and into 2017, the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast.Over the next year, the Sunshine Coast is scheduled to host 60 major sporting, music and lifestyle events, estimated to attract 150,000 visitors from over 40 countries and contribute about AU$100 million to the region’s economy – almost double last year’s figures.“This year the Sunshine Coast is set to host the largest ever portfolio of events held in the region,” said CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast, Simon Ambrose.“World-class sporting events such as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and World Outrigger Sprint Championships will place the focus on the Sunshine Coast’s magnificent aquatic attractions, while the Queensland Garden Expo, Caloundra Music Festival, Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, Wanderlust, and a new-format Noosa Food & Wine Festival, will highlight the diversity of our events calendar.“Research shows that 69 per cent of people who come to a destination for an event return for a holiday, so events and meetings are a fundamental component of the Sunshine Coast’s tourism growth strategy.“’The World is Coming…’ campaign is the perfect lead-up to our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017, and Visit Sunshine Coast is working closely with the Sunshine Coast Events Board to attract a series of major events to the region throughout the anniversary year.”Geoff Meyer (CEO Ironman Asia Pacific), Caroline Steffen (world champion triathlete) and Simon Ambrose (CEO Visit Sunshine Coast) Major Events 201611 to 13 March: Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival (est. 11,300 guests)16 to 24 April: Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (est. 22,000 guests)5 to 15 May: Va’a World Outrigger Sprint Championships (est. 5000 guests)8-10 July: Queensland Garden Expo (est. 18,000 guests)4 September: Ironman 70.3 World Championships (est. 9600 guests)8 to 15 October: Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games (est. 7400 guests)30 September to 3 October: Caloundra Music Festival (est. 16,000 guests)Throughout year: 10 Cruise ship visits: (est. 6000 guests) Visit Sunshine CoastSource = Visit Sunshine Coast