Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – For the second-straight year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has announced an exciting addition enhancing its already robust high school competition. Beginning in 2018, Iowa’s top high school athletes can automatically qualify for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee by achieving the Blue Standard times and marks in their respective events, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Relays announced Monday, Jan. 29.”As a former Iowa high school athlete, I know that the Blue Standards would have changed my goals and how I approached my training to start each season,” Boldon said. “I hope this announcement excites Iowa’s top athletes to qualify for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and gives athletes like myself who never qualified for the Drake Relays clear goals for this year and beyond.”The addition of predetermined qualification standards will not change the entry process or field sizes for high school events. The Blue Standards were set by the Drake Relays committee based on historical data from the top 25 percent of accepted entries from past Drake Relays. For teams and athletes that do not attain a Blue Standard, the fields will be filled through the same protocol used in previous years. “The Blue Standards will allow Iowa’s top athletes to share their excitement with coaches, teammates, families and communities on the same day they attain their Blue Standard qualifying mark for the 2018 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee,” Boldon added.Click here to view the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Blue Standards for the upcoming 109th Drake RelaysBoldon encourages those who achieve the Blue Standard to share their unique accomplishment on social media mentioning @DrakeRelays using the hashtags MYDRAKERELAYS and BLUEOVALBOUND. The addition of the Blue Standards for automatic qualification continues Boldon’s commitment to recognize and provide opportunities for Iowa’s elite high school athletes. In his first year as the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Relays, he added a section to both the boys’ and girls’ 400-meter hurdles to add additional opportunities for Iowans in a strong event.The 109th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee is scheduled for April, 25-28, 2018 at Drake Stadium.All-session tickets for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. Fans can secure their all-sessions tickets by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket office at 515-271-3647 or by visiting DrakeTix.com/Relays.
Donegal County Council is appealing to the public to exercise caution and to be aware of the risks with high winds and localised flooding in various parts of the county tonight and tomorrow.It comes following a Status Red alert from Met Eireann.et Eireann is forecasting that winds will reach speeds of 130 km/h and up to 150 km/h, highest in exposed areas with rainfall of 25 to 35 mm expected. Members of the public should not place themselves at risk on the road or on exposed areas like coasts or hills and should ask themselves if they really need to travel.It is likely that there will be some traffic disruption from fallen trees and localised flooding in areas.Donegal County Council will continue to monitor conditions and staff are on standby responding to emergencies.In the event of an emergency during business hours call 074 9153900. In the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 9172288 for Roads Service or 074 91 72399 for Water Service.The public can keep up to date with road conditions by following us on Twitter @roadsdcc or @donegalcouncil or by checking out the Councils dedicated Winter Weather website at www.donegalcocowinterweather.ie. COUNCIL APPEALS TO PUBLIC TO BE CAREFUL DURING SEVERE WEATHER WARNING was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)