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Sophomore Omet Kak
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Kak Leads Men’s Track At Musco Twilight

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: April 21, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sophomore Omet Kak (Des Moines, Iowa) ran a conference-best time of 3:46.90 in the men's 1500 to lead the Drake men's track team at the Musco Twilight on Saturday, April 21.

Kak finished second in the race, while junior Charlie Lapham  (Golden Valley, Minn.) snared third place. Lapham clocked in at 3:48.10, while senior Matt Jurysta (Oshawa, Ontario) claimed 10th in 3:52.67.

The throwers also enjoyed success as junior Kevin Harp (Iowa City, Iowa) won the men's javelin title in his hometown, while fellow junior Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.) broke his school record in the hammer throw.

Harp's throw of 201 feet 9 inches narrowly beat out sophomore teammate Phillip Beeler (Lenexa, Kan.) who claimed second with a heave of 201 feet 4 inches.

Twombly has now broken his school record twice times in as many weeks, as his throw of 180 feet 1 inch in the hammer throw broke his old record of 173 feet 3 inches. Teammate Andy Curtis (Manchester, Iowa) also set a personal best in the hammer with a toss of 168 feet.

"It's gratifying to see the athletes have success," commented throws coach Mark Kostek. "They have been working hard and their work is paying off."

Senior Jon DeGrave (Lake Villa, Ill.) was third in the 400-meter hurdles finishing in 52.17, while sophomore Travis Marsh (Ankeny, Iowa) was seventh in 53.65.

Senior Shaun James (Lawrence, Kan.) was fourth in the 200-meter dash (21.95) and seventh in the 100 (10.94).

Sophomore Alex Kaster (Omaha, Neb.) was second in the triple jump (44 feet 1.5 inches) and eighth in the long jump (20 feet 8.5 inches). Junior Dan Karys (Bartlett, Ill.) was fifth in the long jump soaring 22 feet 6.25 inches.

The Bulldogs will host the 103rd running of the Drake Relays Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28. Drake will also send competitors to the Kip Janvrin Invitational in Indianola, Iowa on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27. 

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