Browse Items (654 total) for Drake Relays Digital Archive

Western Illinois University coach Dick Abbot with Phil Lorenc. Abbot coached at Western Illinois University from 1947-1968. Phil Lorenc was a distance runner who specialized in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Lorenc competed in relays events in the…

Jesse Owens signs autographs and sits with an unidentified official.

Jim Duncan announcing the Drake Relays. Duncan was a celebrated Relays announcer from 1963-88. Duncan attended Drake 1927-31 and ran track. As a junior he won the Missouri Valley Conference title in the 440 with a time of 0:51.5.

Jim Kirby from North High School at the Drake Relays. Kirby shares the Iowa high school record in the 100-Yard Dash, and the 220-Yard Dash. Over his high school career he won 6 state titles in track & field.

Joyce Rice, in white, does a routine with other Majorettes.

Scott won four different distances at Relays.Mike Boit (left) and Steve Scott were named co-athletes of 25 years (1960-84). Boit was one of the premier 880-mile runners in the world in the 1970s and early 80s. He ran below 3:50 for the mile in 1981…

Randy Matson won the Drake Relays Shot Put in 1965 (63-11 1/4), 1966 (65-3 3/4), and 1967 (68 8 1/2). He also won a 1964 Olympic silver, a 1968 Olympic gold, and a 1967 Sullivan Award.

Randy Matson of Texas A & M competes in the shot put. Matson won the Relays shot put in 1965 (63-11 1/4), 1966 (65-3 3/4) and 1967 (68 8 1/2). He also won the discus event at the Relays for those three years.
In 1964 Matson won a silver medal in the…

Rex Stuckler on the left runs the 440 hurdles in either 1959 or 1960. Stuckler won the event both years.

Tom Deckard was the Drake Relays director from 1948-1955.