When you compete against the best, it brings out the best.

That was the case for the Anamosa’s Olivia Loy, Nicole Sanborn, Mikayla Whitman and Kamry McLaughlin Friday, April 26, as the four Raider girls track star set a new school record while competing in the Drake Relays 4x100 event in Des Moines.

“The girls had their picture taken on Spike (a statue of the Drake University mascot), rolled and stretched each other out and stayed relaxed and knew what they had to do,” said Raider girls track coach Phil Kauder, as he watched the girls go out and run a school-record 51.60 clocking which topped the old record of 51.69 set back in 1984 by Lisa Tew, Michelle Ruess, Lanette Harms and Kim Folkerts.

“Olivia got out of the blocks very well and got the team right where they needed to be.”

Loy ran a sensational 12.7 split while handing the baton to Sanborn.

“Nicole put the hammer down and handed it to Mikayla, who also ran very well,” said Kauder, as Sanborn posted a blistering 12.6 split before Whitman added a 13.3 clocking in the third leg of the relay.

“Kamry might have been a little nervous, but she cranked out one of her best splits ever,” said Kauder, as McLaughlin ran the anchor leg in 13.0 flat. “The team earned the school record that was one of the oldest still on the books.”

The school-record clocking placed the Raiders third in their heat and 37th overall at the Drake Relays, among the 80 teams competing.

“It was a very eventful Drake Relays,” Kauder said. “Not only did we have the most events to ever come to any Drake Relays from Ananmosa, ever, but the girls also had their picture taken with Olympic track star Lolo Jones as well as slapping hands with quite a few other Olympians. It was a great couple of days.”

The Drake Relays opened for the Anamosa girls Thursday, April 25, when Sanborn took part in the long jump event.

“Nicole placed about where she was seeded,” said Kauder, as Sanborn placed ninth in her flight and 20th overall after flying 16’ 1/4”. “This should be a valuable experience for later in the season.”

Olivia Loy, one of the top sprinters in the state, opened events Friday placing 14th overall and fourth in her 100-meter dash prelim heat after posting a 13.14 clocking against a stiff wind.

“Olivia ran in a very tough heat,” Kauder said. “She didn’t make final, just like about every other girl in her heat, but this just goes to show how tough the competition here at Drake is.”

The first of the two Raider relays to take to the Drake Relays track saw the sprint medley team of McLaughlin, Sanborn, Whitman and Loy just about break a school record after their sensational 1:50.84 clocking (school-record of 1:50.83 set last season at state).

“The girls did a nice job of handling the baton and getting it around the track,” said Kauder, as his team placed third in their heat and ninth in the 24-team event. “Olivia took the stick and them went after the heat-2 leaders.”

Loy blazed to a mind-boggling 56.5 400-meter split, narrowly missing yet another school record.

“I just kept going and wanted to keep passing anyone in front of me,” Loy said. “I really felt like I had a lot left too. I think I can run even better yet.”

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