Neitzel impresses in first Drake Relays competition
DES MOINES — The nerves hit Creston senior Luke Neitzel hard Friday morning as he stood alone on the Drake Stadium long jump runway, about to take the first jump of the 2013 Drake Relays high school boys long jump competition.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking, especially at the beginning since I was the first jumper,” Neitzel said. “I kind of got into the stadium a little late, but coach (Mark) Evans and coach (Pat) Schlapia got me prepared for the most part, so it was a good experience.”
Neitzel took off down the runway on that first attempt, hit the board perfectly and sailed through the air putting down a mark of 21 feet, 1 inch on the opening jump of the competition.
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