Four Duhawks fly into record books at Drake Relays
Mon, Apr. 26, 2010 - [Women's Indoor Track & Field]
The Loras College women's track and field team sent the quartet of Mary Bridget Corken, Maria Kalb, Laura Rieger, and Hannah Weiss to Des Moines last weekend looking to build on their successes of 2010 and post solid results on the state's biggest track and field stage. The 1500 and 800 meter records were already rewritten by Corken and Rieger on April 17, and they were looking for more at "America's athletic classic".

The Loras relay teams returned home with two more school records and eventually garnered the Iowa Conference's Female Athlete(s) of the Week Award to go with it.

The Distance Medley Relay, an event like no other on the track, requires each teammate to cover one of four legs, 400, 800, 1200, or 1600 meters. For the Duhawks on Friday at Drake University, Kalb covered the 400, Rieger the 800, Weiss the 1200, and Corken the anchor leg, the 1600. 

The Duhawks maintained their pace with the lead pack and prevailed through the rainy conditions and competitive field to shatter the previous Loras record by 12 seconds. Weiss took down the 1200 in 3:35, Kalb handled the 400 in 1:00.3, Rieger hustled to a 2:13 in the 800, and Corken closed with a 4:58 in the 1600. Loras' 11:48 was good for nearly a four second advantage over the second place team from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the rest of the 22 team field who challenged them.


But the Duhawks weren't done there.

On Saturday, the quartet each took a leg of the 4 x 800 Meter Relay and again put their names at the top of the Duhawks' all time list. Their 9:09.49 was considerably faster than the previous mark, a 9:26. It wasn't good for the top honor in the Drake race, but the 17 second difference over the old Loras records was certainly enough to keep the Duhawks momentum going into the upcoming home stretch of the 2010 outdoor season, and, keep the smiles that emerged on Friday intact on Saturday.

For their efforts in rewriting the Loras College women's track and field record books, these four Duhawks - one freshman, one junior, and two seniors - were named the Iowa Conference's Female Athletes of the Week for the period ending April 25. Read the Iowa Conference's full release HERE.