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Menís Track Sets Course For Conference Showdown

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: February 23, 2012
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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2012

What's Ahead: The Drake men's track and field squad will compete in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26 at the UNI Dome. Start time for both days is set for 9:30 a.m.

Last Time Out: Junior Dan Karys (Bartlett, Ill.) won the long jump to highlight action for Drake at the Iowa Invitational on Friday, Feb. 17.

Karys soared 22 feet 11 inches in the long jump and 46 feet 8 inches in the triple jump. Karys finished second in the triple behind teammate Alex Kaster (Omaha, Neb.), who won with a jump of 46 feet 10.75 inches.

Senior Matt Jurysta (Oshawa, Ontario) snared fifth-place in the mile in 4:18.04.

Sophomore Brett Wright (Longmont, Colo.) claimed sixth in the 200-meter dash in 22.60.

Senior Shaun James (Lawrence, Kan.) finished seventh in the finals of the 60-meter dash in 7.09.

Freshman Steven Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) was eighth in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 51.44.

The sophomore duo of Matt Eckman (Iowa City, Iowa) and Ryan Flynn (Bettendorf, Iowa) were seventh (9:07.16) and ninth (9:16.26), respectively, in the 3,000-meters.

A Year Ago: Jon DeGrave (Lake Villa, Ill.) took home the 400-meter State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship title in decisive fashion on Feb. 27, 2011.

DeGrave won the race in 48.57, which was almost four-tenths of a second faster than the second-place finisher, Josh Madsen of UNI.  DeGrave also became the first Drake MVC Indoor 400-meter Champion.

DeGrave finished second in the 200-meter dash clocking in at 21.97.

Dan Karys placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 48 feet 5.50 feet, a personal best.

Then-juniors Charlie Lapham (Golden Valley, Minn.) and Matt Jurysta (Oshawa, Ontario) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 800-meter race. Lapham ran the four-lap circuit in 1:54.00, while Jurysta crossed the line in 1:54.99.

Omet Kak (Des Moines, Iowa) was fourth in the mile in 4:14.15 and Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) was seventh in 4:16.13. Austin also ran a time of 15:06.35 to finish 11th in the 5,000 meter race.

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