DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2022 Drake Relays will return to their traditional format, with high school, college, and professional athletes participating side-by-side on an integrated four-day schedule.
Events at Drake Stadium begin on Wednesday April 27th with the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon. The decathlon and heptathlon ends on Thursday, followed by the long-distance carnival. Friday is again divided into daytime and evening hours, with both college athletes and Iowa’s top high school athletes participating. The Drake Relays will end on Saturday April 30th.
After the Drake Relays 2020 were canceled and had a significantly changed schedule in 2021, this will be a return to the regular integrated format between the different levels.
“The centuries-old tradition of high school and university athletes competing in the Drake Relays alongside the world’s best athletes has become an institution in our sport,” said Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon. “Although we are still months away from completing our schedule, we look forward to getting this important tradition back on track in 2022.”
The Drake Relays also unveiled the first group of university teams to compete in 2022. Confirmed teams include Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Drake, North Carolina A&T, Air Force, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Purdue, and Utah.
“This has been the strongest university field on the Drake Relays for at least five years,” said Boldon. “For more than 11 decades, our fans have cheered college champions who made their Olympic dreams come true. This tradition will be renewed at full speed in the Blue Oval 2022. We are all looking forward to over 14,000 sold-out spectators on Saturday, April 30th. “
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