Howard flashes his speed, wins 100, 200 for Hawks at Gilbert Coed

GILBERT – With the Drake Relays looming in just a few weeks, Devin Howard knows he doesn’t have any time to waste.

The South Hamilton senior is bound and determined to run alongside the state’s premier sprinters on the blue oval.

“I want to make it to the Drake Relays this year because I’ve been close before,” Howard said after flying to the top spot in the 100-meter dash in 11.32 seconds at last night’s Gilbert Coed Invitational. “That would be a great opportunity.”

Howard just missed qualifying for Drake in the 100 a season ago and he knows he doesn’t have much time to hit his stride if he wants to make it this spring.

“I was a little rusty (last night), but this week is all about qualifying for Drake,” Howard, who also won the 200 (22.74) in less than ideal conditions last night, said. “That’s what I want more than anything right now.”

Frigid temperatures and cold, gusty winds out of the north made the meet a challenge for everyone in uniform. Official team results were not available as of press time.

Jacob Ratzke gave the Hawks a silver showing in the 400 hurdles, as he cut through the wind on the backstretch and made it around the track in 1:00.10. He also ran the third leg on the third-place shuttle hurdle relay (1:09.50). Trey Woodall, Hunter Johnson and Treyton Twedt ran the other three legs.

The quartet of Drake Thompson, Devin Fisher, Caleb Olson and Titan Johnson also grabbed the third-place spot in the 4×800 (8:57.50).

South Hamilton will stay home to host its own coed invitational on Thursday. Racing will get underway at 5 p.m.