KCHA Sports Report (4/24)

Eight Olympians will be in the field for Saturday’s women’s 100-meter hurdles and the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays. The races will include both world record holders.

That’s Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon who says world record holder Kendra Harrison will headline the women’s field.

Boldon says the time period between two and three in the afternoon will also find several Olympians in the men’s and women’s 400 meter hurdles.

Tonight’s action is highlighted by the Grand Blue Mile on the streets of downtown Des Moines.

A banner season continues for the women’s sports programs at Drake University. At the start of the week Bulldog women’s soccer, basketball, tennis and softball are a combined 47-0-1 against Missouri Valley Conference competition.

That’s Drake softball coach Rich Calvert. His team is riding a 21 game winning streak and is 18-0 in the Valley heading into Tonight’s game at home against Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs have a five game lead in the loss column on second place Missouri State with seven games remaining.

Pitching and defense have been keys. The Bulldog pitching staff has an earned run average of 1.08 in conference play and opponents are batting .176. Junior Nicole Newman has been dominant with a 9-0 record in the Valley but she has plenty of help. Freshman Nicole Timmons is 7-0 in the Valley.

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