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Women's Track Takes Home Three Titles At Jim Duncan Invitational

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: April 14, 2012
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Junior Marissa Smith
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DES MOINES, Iowa--The Drake women's track and field team had an impressive showing on its home blue track in the Jim Duncan invitational this weekend. The team placed in a total of five races, winning three.

The Bulldogs were spurred by an early victory by junior Kirsten Lake (Parker, Colo.) in the 1500-meter run. Her time of 4:33.25 was the best in the field by 3.30 seconds. Lake was followed by teammate freshman Melissa Parks  (Norfolk, Neb.), who recorded a third place showing (4:49.21).

"Tremendous debut for Kirsten in the 1500," Drake distance coach Dan Hostager said. "She ran a smart race and is extremely fit right now so this should give her some extra confidence in the weeks ahead."

The other Bulldog winners on the day were junior Marissa Smith (Ajax, Ontario) in the 100-meter hurdles (14.28), and junior Whitney Westrum (Waukee, Iowa) in the 200-meter dash (24.77). Smith (25.24) and sophomore Tiara Winston (Benton, Texas) also had strong races, finishing sixth and ninth respectively. Junior Briana Isom-Brummer (St. Louis, Mo.) placed in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.19, finishing third.

Isom-Brummer also ran well in the 400-meter hurdles, claiming fourth. Her time of 1:03.11 was just over two seconds behind the winner, Krista Shoeman of Iowa State, and slightly better than teammate senior Paige Steffen (Bloomington, Ill.), who finished in sixth place (1:04.73).

A group of Bulldogs shone when the team finished second in the 4x100-meter relay. Winston, senior Ari Curtis (Fort Collins, Colo.), Smith, and Westrum collectively ran a time of 48.65, just being edged out by winners South Dakota State.

Winston was the most impressive Drake runner in the 100-meter dash. She ran a time of 12.61 to snare fourth.

In the 800-meter run, freshman Jessica Mathes (Cherokee, Iowa) finished in fifth with a time of 2:16.72, a little over two seconds behind the winner. Parks was close behind in sixth, with a time of 2:17.49.

"We had a few more personal bests today so we're looking forward to the championship phase of the season," Hostager said.

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