Iowa Central’s Lewis captures long jump championship

DES MOINES — Odaine Lewis proved he can compete with the big boys here Saturday during the final day of the Drake Relays.

Iowa Central’s Lewis won the long jump title with a leap of 24-1.5 on his first attempt in the pit. That held up for the rest of the competition, as Kent State’s TJ Lawson was second at 24-1.

Fellow Triton DeAngelo Jackson placed sixth overall with an effort of 23-4.75.

Lewis, from Montego Bay, Jamaica, originally committed to Nebraska after a standout prep career. He recorded the biggest triple jump ever by a Jamaican youth in 2014 and won medals at the Carifta Games and Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships.

Earlier this week, the sophomore was a runner-up in the triple jump to Kent State’s Craig Stevens, Jr.

Former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Alex Jackson recorded the fastest time in the NJCAA this year in the 3000 steeplechase, placing 18th overall in 9:27.71.

Jackson’s teammate, Ezekiel Kipchirchir was 21st in 9:31.76. His time is the third-best in NJCAA this season.

Malik Beverly added to the growing collection of Top-10 finishes for Iowa Central by placing fourth in the Gary Osborn 110 hurdles. Beverly clocked a time of 13.78, as Iowa’s Aaron Mallett won the event in 13.47.

In the college division of the 4×400, the Tritons placed third in 3:13.23. Karayme Bartley, Kymari Gates, Caleb Ogden and Edward Anderson held the lead heading into the final leg before Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Central Missouri were able to get by them.

Bryant Brown was sixth in the 100 in 10.68, while the men’s shuttle hurdle relay was fifth (1:00.07) in prelims and the men’s distance medley was sixth (10:12.23). The women’s distance medley finished 10th (12:22.76).

Running the shuttle hurdle relay was Beverly, Anderson, Damique Rose and Jared Seay, while the distance medleys consisted of Esu Alemseged, Maurice Allen, Alex Sanford and Ashenafi Hatte for the men and Agnes Mansaray, Alexus Williams, Latoya Hunt and Aaliyah Regg Wajid for the women.

Payton Roberts was 12th in the shot put with a throw of 46-4.25, Anderson was 17th in the 400 hurdles (55.78), Annastacia Forrester 18th in the triple jump (37-8.75) and Seay 20th in the high jump (6-6).

Jaclyn Rittgers, a graduate of Southeast Valley, helped Wartburg to a second place showing in the distance medley. The Knights had a time of 12:05.79 with Rittgers taking the lead leg. MSU-Moorhead was the event winner.

North Union’s Bauer fifth in 1600

North Union’s Riley Bauer confirmed his status as a top state contender next month, placing fifth in the 1600 at the 108th annual Drake Relays Saturday.

Bauer, who captured a state cross country title this past fall, moved from 19th after the opening 400 meters to sixth after two laps. He finished in 4:22.70.

The event featured a photo finish, as Linn-Mar’s Ryan Murphy clipped Sam Schillinger of Cedar Falls. Murphy’s time was 4:20.221, while Schillinger crossed in 4:20.227.

Pocahontas Area had the seventh-fastest time in prelims for the shuttle hurdle relay, finishing in 1:07.48. The quartet of Grace Meyer, Jessica Sump, Peyton Hjerleid and Faith Meyer were second in their prelim to West Des Moines Dowling.