Trojans compete at annual Drake Relays

The Drake Relays happened last weekend, many West athletes traveled to the “Blue Oval” to compete for a Drake flag. West High brought home many medals and lifetime bests.


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Aidan Jacobsen ’24 runs down the runway during the long jump

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor

West High Track athletes competed at the Drake Relays this past weekend. West had 10 events between both the girls and boys teams earn “Blue standard times” or times in the top rankings, allowing them to compete at the “Blue Oval”, Drake University’s outdoor track. West High track and field brought home three medals and will return to Drake in three weeks for the State Track Meet. Many new personal records were also set during the relays, notably Alex Mckane ’22 setting a new school record in the 3200 meter run during his senior Drake Relays. 


Long Jump: Aidan Jacobsen ’24 jumped 20’6 putting him in 20th.

3200 meter: Alex Mckane ’22 finished seventh and set a school record running 9:11.41. Along with a new personal record by ten seconds. He broke the record that had stood for 22 years.


100-meter hurdles: Ella Woods  ’22 finished tenth with a time of 15.85.

4×200 meter relay: Of Todd Rent ’24, Izaiah Loveless ’24, Christian Janis ’23, and Nate Gudenkauf ’22, finished in seventh in a time of 1:30.06.

4×400 meter relay: The girls 4×400 team of Annie Schwartz ’23, Lindsey Mckane ’25, Lily Mcconnell ’25, and Erinn Varga ’24 with a time of 4:10, finishing 21st.


1600 meter: Alex Mckane ’22 finishes eighth with a time of 4:22.69. 

100-meter shuttle hurdle: The girls’ team of Heba War ’22, Sophia Olivo ’25, Eriniah Carter ’24, and Ella Woods ’22 finished eleventh in 1:08.44.

4×100 meter relay: The boys 4 by 100 of Todd Rent ’24, Nate Gudenkauf ’22, Izaiah Loveless ’24, and Christian Janis ’23 relay finished third with a time of 42.6. The girls’ Team of Stephanie Nuro-Gyina ’23, Eriniah Carter ’24, Heba War ’23, and Ella Woods ’22 finished with a time of 52.65. 

4×800 meter relay: The West High boys 4×800 meter relay of Seth Cheney ’23, Caden Noeller ’22, Moustafa Tiea ’25, and Alex Mckane ’22, finished twelfth with a time of 8:12.82.

400-meter hurdles: Both Erinn Varga ’24 from the girls, and Aidan Jacobsen ’24 from the boys, finished 6th in the 400-meter hurdles. Varga with a time of 1:05.51, and Jacobsen with a new personal best of 55.12.