Des Moines, Iowa – A strong closing sprint by Drake junior Brogan Austin saw him landing the men’s college and university 5,000 meters crown at the 2013 Drake Relays on Thursday night at Drake Stadium.
Austin’s victorious effort saw him claiming the first Drake title at the relays since 1995.
“Words can’t explain it,” Austin said. “It was awesome. I’ve been trying to do it for several years now, I’ve gotten second place three times and I finally got the win this year. It’s just a relief, it feels good.”
He added: “I wanted to do it for Drake. I had a lot of people come out and support me tonight. Before the race
“I was just dying of nerves, a lot of people were very supportive throughout the week, saying ‘hey good luck’ and ‘let’s do it for Drake’ that’s what I wanted to come out and show Drake that we could do it, that Drake as a track team could do it.”
Austin was closely followed home by North Central’s John Crain, who ran 14:12.80 and Nebraska Kearney’s senior Tanner Fruit, who ran 14:14.58.
The women’s race was won by Risper Kimaiyo of UTEP in 16:18.00.
“I felt good through the race. This was my last outdoor competition in college, my last time at Drake. It’s a good way to finish,” Kimaiyo said.
Meanwhile, Iowa State and Notre Dame won the men’s and women’s university/college 4×1600 relay events.
Iowa State ended a four-year championship run by Big Ten schools in winning the women’s race – winning in a time of 19:16.69. Minnesota, the 2009 champions took second in 19:23.25, while last year’s winners Iowa were third.
The men’s race saw the Fighting Irish winning the event for the sixth time in the last 12 years and its seventh title overall with a time of 16:42.89.