Isiah Young Named Drake Relays Most Outstanding Performer

Isiah Young (photo by Joshua McCoy)

Isiah Young (photo by Joshua McCoy)

April 30, 2013

DES MOINES - After a showcase sprinting performance in Iowa last week, Ole Miss senior Isiah Young earned the Maury White Award as the Most Outstanding Performer in the men's college and invitational division during the 104th Drake Relays.

The award is voted on by members of the media that covered the Drake Relays.

Young repeated as the Drake Relays champion in the university 100-meter dash with a school-record time of 10.07 in a slight (+2.1) wind. Had it not been for the tailwind that was just 0.1 meters per second over the allowable windspeed, the 2012 Olympian's performance would have been a Drake Relays record and broken the 30-year-old mark of 10.11 set by Alabama's Calvin Smith in 1983. He also anchored Ole Miss' 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays, with the 4x1 unit clocking the second-best time in school history at 39.69.

Former world champion Jenny Simpson's record-setting performance earned her the top honor in the women's division. Josh Evans of Linn-Mar High School was the near unanimous selection for the Robert Kramme award as the boys' outstanding performer. The Gerry Cooley Award for the girl's most outstanding performance went to Agnes Sayeh of Des Moines Roosevelt.

The 104th Drake Relays saw 11 Relays records broken and two others tied in addition to the 11 world-leading marks established inside Drake Stadium. Saturday's session featured a sellout crowd of 14,504 for the 48th consecutive year. The Thursday and Friday morning and afternoon sessions also recorded the highest attendance figures since Drake Stadium's 2006 renovation.

Next up for Young and the Rebels is the SEC Outdoor Championships, May 9-12 in Columbia, Mo.

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