by Lucas Treat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sioux City, IA - The Drake Relays is one of the biggest stages of all the track meets and a couple of Siouxland athletes are looking to step into the spotlight and collect some hardware.
Hundreds of athletes, both in high school and college, will be in Des Moines this weekend for the Drake Relays.
"the stands are packed with people, you see the blue track which in itself is unique, and you have hundreds of athletes -- the best in the country." MOC-Floyd Valley Junior Alexis Conaway said.
Alexis Conaway from MOC-Floyd Valley and Brooke Wolterstorff from Western Christian are some of the top athletes in the state. They know this will be a test to see where they stand with the best.
"You go down there and meet all of these nice racers and runners. You can tell where you're at." Western Christian Brooke Wolterstorff said.
Which is nice to know, since there hasn't been a lot of time to compete, let alone practice, due to all the snow this spring.
"We didn't know how good we had it last year. We might have even complained about it being too hot. But this year is hard -- you don't get that competition which shows where you're at." Conaway said.
Everyone knows where Conaway stands -- she won the high jump at the Drake Relays last year -- clearing 5'10" as a sophomore.
"Last year I really had no idea what I was getting into but this year I'll go down there with the confidence to go jump the way I always have. You don't really need to change anything just do your best." Conaway said.
And as for Wolterstorff, she's the defending Class 2A State Champion in the 100, 200, and 400 meter sprints. At the Drake Relays she'll be running two relays and the 100 meter sprint.
"It's always great to go up against good girls and it's just going to be fun. I'm excited to get the opportunity to go run down there again." Wolterstorff said.
Both of these ladies know if they want to do well against the best, they'll need to take their game to a whole new level.
"As the competition gets closer the nerves will set in a bit but hopefully we can just turn that into excitement and do our best." Conaway said.