WELCOME BACK, JENNY
Webster City native Simpson wins 1500 race
DES MOINES — Jenny Simpson gave those that braved the conditions Friday night something to cheer about at the Drake Relays, capturing the 1500-meter Rio Olympic Rematch event.
Simpson, a native of Webster City, worked her way from third to first over the final 400 meters to win the race in 4:16.10 and claim her fifth Drake crown. Brenda Martinez was second in 4:16.40 followed by Kate Grace.
Nicole Sifuentes, who was the leader entering the final lap, settled for seventh.
The event was one of the marquee races held under the lights, bringing together athletes from the recent 2016 Summer Olympics to compete against one another on the blue oval. In all 68 Olympians were scheduled for the 14 events on Friday and Saturday.
Last summer, Simpson was third at the Olympics in this event behind Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich and Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba. The 30-year-old was asked about her future moving forward after the performance.
“Sometime between now and when I’m 50 will be retirement,” Simpson said.
Christian Taylor captured the triple jump, LaShawn Merritt claimed the 400 and Michael Stigler won the 400 hurdles in other key events.
Stigler’s time of 49.07 is the fourth-fastest in the world this year, while Merritt won his second consecutive Drake Relays title.