Iowa women's 4x1,600 relay takes second at Drake

BY AMY TIFFANY | APRIL 29, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa women's track and field team's 4x1,600 meter relay took second place on Thursday at the 102nd Drake Relays at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

The relay team led off with junior captain Betsy Flood, followed by juniors Brooke Eilers and McKenzie Melander, and anchored by senior Lauren Hardesty. Iowa finished behind Minnesota — a repeat of the 2010 Drake Relays. The Hawkeyes entered as the favorite, but they clocked a time of 19:17, and Minnesota ran the race in 19:07.

Last year, Iowa recorded a slightly better time of 19:05.63.

Head coach Layne Anderson said it was a battle the whole way.

"We had some solid legs in there," he said. "But we couldn't get all four [legs] to fire like we thought they would."

The Hawkeyes will resume competition at the Drake Relays at 10:15 a.m. today.

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