Drake masters 800 features another big (and well-traveled) field
Before Penn dominates our attention, a quick nod to another great masters exhibition: the same-weekend Drake Relays, which again hosts a masters 800-meter race. A field of 23 gets the gun about 1:30 p.m. Friday (Des Moines times). Some great athletes have won this event over the years, including David Nash (2008 and 2009) and Kip Janvrin (2007). David is back this year, but he’ll get a race from Pennsylvania’s Nick Berra (eschewing a chance at 4×4 glory at Penn, I guess). Nick has run 1:56 indoors, so outdoors (weather permitting), count on 1:55 or better. Another challenger is Brad Dittmar, a newbie M40 who has sub-2 speed and strength. One measure of the race’s prestige: It draws from 11 states. Dave Cairns is coming all the way from New Hampshire! Pray for sun.
Here’s the entry list for this year’s Drake Relays masters 800:
Drake Relays Masters MenвЂ™s 800 вЂ“ 2010
David Bailey, 46, Davenport, Iowa
David Bakker, 44, Dodgeville, Wis.
Nick Berra, 41, Enola, Pa.
Jeff Burris, 43, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Dave Cairns, 40, Swanzey, NH
Roger Cassill, 44, Fairfax, Iowa
Mike Davis, 49, Minneapolis, Minn.
Brad Dittmar, 40, Edwardsville, Ill.
Mike Furrow, 47, Clive, Iowa
Guy Greigg, 40, South Sioux City, Neb.
Brad Joens, 48, Kersey, Colo.
David Nash, 42, Sioux City, Iowa
Rob Nesbit, 46, Leavenworth, Kan.
Tom Novak, 51, Iowa City, Iowa
Bill Oliver, 52, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Eric Parker, 49, Waterford, Wis.
Rick Peterson, 51, Maple Grove, Minn.
Dennis Pickard, 48, Liberty, Mo.
Jim Schoffman, 56, Fridley, Minn.
Kerry Sloan, 47, Harker Heights, Texas
Scott Smith, 48, Appleton, Wis.
Jim Watry, 47, Bonduel, Wis.
Bernie Wilder, 54, Davenport, Iowa