WEBSTER CITY - Area athletes will spend plenty of time on and around the blue oval track at Drake Stadium in Des Moines later this week.
Webster City qualified for the Drake Relays in five events, while Northeast Hamilton will send one athlete - senior long jumper Marcus Mechaelsen - to the star-studded event.
The prep portion of the Drake Relays will get underway on Thursday, and will conclude on Saturday.
WCHS senior Keagan Parks will join Mechaelsen in the long jump competition, which will take place Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Parks will head back to Des Moines on Friday to compete in the 100-meter dash, and he'll join Nathan Nuehring, Cal Zahn and Andrew May in the 4x100 relay in the evening.
Also on Friday, May will take part in the 110 high hurdles and Zahn will be involved in the high jump.
Area Drake Relays Qualifiers
Long Jump - Keagan Parks, Webster City; Marcus Mechaelsen, Northeast Hamilton.
High Jump - Cal Zahn, Webster City.
100 Meters - Parks, Webster City.
110 High Hurdles - Andrew May, Webster City.
4x100 Relay - Webster City (Nathan Nuehring, May, Zahn, Parks, Cody Roosa alternate).