Hawks’ 4×800, Lynx 4×100 qualify for Drake Relays

Cole Berg (front) and Conner Hill exchange the baton at the Lindsey Ellingson Relays in Gilbert earlier this month. They’re joined by Logan Peters and Quinton Grove on South Hamilton’s Drake Relays qualifying 4x800 relay. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton and Webster City will both send four athletes to the Drake Relays in Des Moines later this week.

The Hawks will send their boys’ 4×800-meter relay to the blue oval for Friday’s race, while the Lynx will take their boys’ 4×100 quartet on Saturday.

Logan Peters, Quinton Grove, Cole Berg and Conner Hill will represent South Hamilton when the gun goes off at 5:48 p.m. Friday evening. It’s an illustrious 16-team field of the state’s best that includes 14 Class 4A programs. Dubuque Wahlert is the lone 3A in the field, while South Hamilton (2A) is the smallest school by a large margin.

The Hawks own the 12th-best time of 8:10.57 in the field, which they set in Iowa City on April 6. Pleasant Valley ran a qualifying time of 8:04.14 to lead the way.

Garrett Whitmore, Trey Mathis, Carson Struchen and Lincoln LaSourd will run for WCHS in the 4×100 prelims at 10:03 a.m. on Saturday. The final is scheduled for 3:37 p.m.

Lincoln LaSourd (left) takes the baton from Trey Mathis at the Lynx Invite in Webster City last week. They’ll compete at Drake this week. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

A total of 96 4×100 teams qualified. The Lynx sit 87th with a time of 45.29 seconds and will run out of Lane 2 in the 11th of 12 prelim heats.

Waukee’s 42.63 qualifying time leads the field.