As if three meets in a week wasn’t enough, Solon’s girls have qualified for nine events at this weekend’s nationally renowned Drake Relays. Though rare in most big name track meets, high school competition is a staple at Drake, with 16 events helping pack the stadium. Drake has sold out its Saturday sessions for over 30 years.
At the line for Solon this weekend will be its 4x100, 4x200, and 4x800 relays, as well as Lauren Benzing in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races, Rylee Smith in the 100-meter hurdles, Jordan Smith in the long jump and Kara Misel in the shot put and discus.
It was actually 10 qualifiers. However, in a tie for 24th, the sprint medley foursome lost a blind draw to fill out the three eight-team heats. “Between the relays, the individual events, running and field events, it shows balance. We hadn’t been expecting that many,” admitted coach Brent Sands. “On the other hand, we’ve been going to the bigger meets, maybe with a chip on our shoulder being the smaller school. Maybe this shows we are able to compete against them and qualify for a meet like Drake.”
Competition at Drake starts Thursday for Solon.