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DES MOINES – The best of the best from around the state gathered here Thursday for the Drake Relays.

A handful of area athletes competed in field events, as South Central Calhoun’s Keira Hammen placed 13th in the shot put.

Audi Crooks, a junior at Bishop Garrigan, was 16th in the same event, while Webster City’s JJ Moore placed 23rd in the discus. Crooks in the discus and Moore in the shot put will compete back here this week.

Iowa Central’s Yared Kidane raced to a sixth-place medal in the unseeded 800.

Hammen had a throw of 37-10.25 on his first attempt to secure her place in the elite field. She also had attempts of 37-0.5 and 36-7.5.

Crooks, who recently committed to Iowa State University to play basketball, used a toss of 37-4.5 for her best of the meet.

Moore scratched on his first two throws before the Lynx senior connected with a toss of 126-9.

Riley Mayer, a former standout at St. Edmond, was 27th in the 10,000 in 38: 55.99 for Wartburg. Jill Vonnahme, of the Pocahontas Area prep, placed 16th in 37: 16.11 for Northern Iowa.

Kidane clocked a time of 1: 51.62 with splits of 54.25 and 57.37. He is ranked at the top of the junior college charts in the event for the Tritons.

Kelvin Bungei, a former Iowa Central national champion, placed ninth in 8: 56.62 in the steeplechase for Iowa State.

Humboldt grad Ryan Courtney finished 40th in the steeplechase in 9: 54.91. Courtney is a senior at Simpson. Courtney’s teammate at Simpson, Spencer Moon, was 23rd in the 5,000.

Moon, a graduate of South Central Calhoun, clocked a time of 12: 18.91.

Former Emmetsburg prep Hailey Foxhoven is competing in the heptathlon for Wartburg. Foxhoven amassed 3,131 points over the first seven events, placing seventh in the shot put and 11th in the javelin and 800.

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