2018 Drake Relays Standards Released with Interesting Discrepancy


The Drake Relays will be here before we know it. Above is this year's guide to the qualifying standards for high school athletes in Iowa.

As I went through and used our Rankings Generator to pull rankings for each event, I noticed something interesting. With just returners listed, very few males ran at or under this year's qualifying standards last year. However, the females seem to have larger amounts of athletes who achieved the standard last year.

For instance, the Boys 100 M standard is 10.80. Only 3 individuals are returning with PRs from last year that would qualify this year...

100 Meter Dash

RANKTIMEWINDATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
110.56
Ankeny Centennial HS
2018
210.66
West Liberty High School
2018
310.78
Des Moines Hoover High School
2018


In stark contrast, 9 females will return with times under 12.30...

RANKTIMEWINDATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111.692.8
Waterloo East High School
2019
211.83
Abraham Lincoln High School
2019
312.081.7
A-D-M High School
2018
412.12
Pella High School
2018
512.13
Benton Community High School
2018
612.18
Benton Community High School
2018
712.292.8
Madrid High School
2018
712.292.8
Waterloo East High School
2018
912.30
Linn-Mar High School
2019



In the 800-meter run, it is a similar story with just 3 males running 1:56.30 or faster last year, but 9 girls having run 2:16.00 or under.

800 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
11:55.122018
21:55.742018
31:55.902020




Similarly, the girls 1500 houses 11 returners that ran the qualifying time or under last year, but the boys 1600 only has 5.

1600 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
14:17.17
Central Lyon High School
2018
24:18.43
North Union High School
2018
34:19.89
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
44:21.06
Iowa City West High School
2019
54:22.43
Ankeny Centennial HS
2018

1500 Meter Run


The 3200 vs. 3000 is a little better, with 10 males having run the qualifying time last year and 10 females having done so in the 3000.

3200 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
19:13.352019
29:15.302018
39:17.962018
49:20.852018
59:21.822018
69:29.852018
79:30.032019
89:32.422018
99:34.282019
109:34.642018

3000 Meter Run


In the short hurdles, we once again see a large discrepancy with just 3 males having run under the time, and 9 females having run under the time.

110 Meter High Hurdles

RANKTIMEWINDATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
114.381.12018
214.421.32018
314.572018

100 Meter Hurdles


In the 400 Meter Hurdles, not a single high school boy from Iowa returning this year ran 54:00 or under. Only two females ran 1:04.50 or under...

400 Meter Hurdles

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
11:01.522018
21:03.482018



In the jumps we see a similar discrepancy with females having far more achievable marks versus males.

High Jump


 

High Jump

RANKMARKWINDATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
122-7.52018



The throws are the one exception so far to this rule. In both the Discus and Shotput, very few athletes will be returning with PRs that would qualify them to this year's Drake Relays...

Discus Throw

RANKMARKATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
1191-72018
2172-112019


RANKMARKATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
1138-0.252018
2132-62019


Shotput

RANKMARKATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
164-82018


Though this is just a starting point and is not the official standard for who can and will qualify, it is certainly an interesting find to begin with!  As of right now, it looks like more females could potentially nab the automatic qualifiers than males.

For more information about qualifying, you can check out the official rules here!

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