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Drake Relays — Otterdahl Pops Huge PR

Drake Relays — Otterdahl Pops Huge PR

The winner of two Drake shot comps, Payton Otterdahl shot way up on the U.S. ATL. (LUKE LU)

DES MOINES, IOWA, April 24-27 — With the countdown to the U.S. Olympic Trials well underway, it was only fitting that the 114th running of the Drake Relays showcased a lot of Citius, Altius and Fortius. The last of these was the byword for Payton Otterdahl in the Wednesday afternoon “Showcase” shot competition. On his second trip into the ring, the 28-year-old Budapest Worlds 5th-placer spun a mighty heave out to 74-1½ (22.59).

An improvement of more than a foot-and-a-half on Otterdahl’s previous best, 72-6½ (22.11) from last July, the blast carried the South Dakota alum to No. 5 on the U.S. all-time list, No. 12 on the world ATL and No. 3 on the indoor compilation. Otterdahl also had a banner afternoon for consistency in relegating Jamaican Rajindra Campbell to 2nd (71-8¼/21.85). The shortest of his five fair throws flew 71-2 (21.69).

“I’m excited to see what is in store for the rest of the season!,” Otterdahl declared on Instagram. “Next up is this Saturday at Drake again for my outdoor opener.” His big jump up on the ATL carried him past a slew of World and Olympic champions: Reese Hoffa, Adam Nelson and Christian Cantwell.

Drake weekend is 6 weeks prior to the NCAA, 8 weeks before the first Trials weekend and fewer than 100 days until track starts in Paris. Time will fly over these next three months just as athletes do their own kind of flying on the track.

To that end, they want to get serious about “Citius” every week and it started on Drake’s blue oval as fast times made their spring appearance. The pro and collegiate hurdlers — as is the norm here — popped some top-notch times along with Kentucky’s men and women dominating various and sundry baton events.

Cindy Sember cruised to a legal 12.59 win in the 100m hurdles over Demisha Roswell (12.68) in a World Athletics Continental Tour event. But Sember ceded the crowd’s pre-race attention to 41-year-old Des Moines native and Olympian Lolo Jones, who got a rousing welcome and then grabbed 5th in a most credible 13.10. Jones had been inducted into the Relays athlete hall of fame a couple days earlier.

“I’m very, very happy with the win,” said Sember, after her fourth victory at Drake. “It’s still early in the season. I’ve been working on my strength in the weight room. I’ve been here so many times as a collegian and pro. It’s always great coming…

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