DES MOINES, Iowa – Ohio State senior All-American Jeff See and Kenya’s Boaz Lalang were named the outstanding men’s performers of the 2010 Drake Relays, marking the first time two athletes were named co-outstanding performers in the men’s division since 1997 when sprinter Michael Johnson and distance runner Bob Keino shared the award.
See anchored Ohio State to victories in the 4×1,600 relay and a world-leading time in the 4×800 relay. He opened the Friday afternoon program with a 3-minute 57.6-second anchor leg to lead the Buckeyes to victory in the 4×1600 relay in 16:25.42. Then he capped the day with a 1:47.5 anchor as Ohio State bettered the previous 4×800 world-leading mark of 7:18.72 by Penn State at the Florida Relays March 4.
“Jeff’s anchor legs this past weekend were great and I know he hopes it is just the start of a very special senior year for both the team and him individually,” head coach Robert Gary said.
Lalang and See were named co-recipients of the Maury White Award, named after the long-time decorated sportswriter for the Des Moines Register, who died in 1999.
Lalang ran two sub-4 minute miles in five-day span. The 2008 Olympian ran a personal best of 3 minutes 54.33 seconds to win the inaugural Grand Blue Mile last Tuesday and then turned around to upset two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat in the invitational mile on Saturday
Chaunte’ Lowe, who soared a world-leading mark of 6-feet 5-inches to win the women’s high jump, was named the outstanding women’s performer. A two-time Olympian, Lowe defended her title in the women’s invitational high jump, while setting both a Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record in the event.
In all, 18 meet records, along with five world-leading marks were set, and during the 101st running of the Drake Relays.
The Buckeyes are back in action this weekend at home when they host the 25th annual Jesse Owens Track and Field Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, April 30-May 1. Admission is free. For more information visit www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.