DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee unveiled another world-class field including Relays fan favorite Lolo Jones in the Rio Olympic Games Preview 100-meter hurdles.The race will feature the Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 hurdlers in the world according to Track & Field News and two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson as well as the last two Drake Relays champions in Jasmin Stowers and Kristi Castlin.In addition to unveiling the latest world-class field, Drake Relays director Brian Brown also made the following announcements.Throwers and jumper to compete for additional money in ‘Leap For Loot’ and ‘Throw For Dough’ competitions.Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Mobile App Powered By MidAmerican Energy Now Available for download by clicking here for Apple iOS devices and here for Android devices.Brown also announced that for the third-consecutive year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee will run on clean energy, thanks to a partnership with MidAmerican Energy. As Iowa’s largest energy provider, MidAmerican Energy retires enough renewable energy credits to offset the emissions for the entire week of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Jones, a native of Des Moines and graduate of Roosevelt High School, is a two-time Olympian and was named one of the Relays’ ‘Athletes of the Century’ during the centennial celebration.Joining Jones in the field is a two-time Olympic medalist and the world’s No. 1 ranked athlete in the event in Dawn Harper-Nelson. Harper-Nelson was the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and 2012 silver medalist.Jasmin Stowers is the defending Relays champion in the event and Relays record holder as well after winning in 12.40 last season to begin an outdoor campaign that would end with her ranked third in the world.The No. 4 hurdler in the world, Brianna Rollins, returns to the Blue Oval after finishing fourth at last summer’s World Championship. She was also the 2013 World Champion in the event.The 2013 World Championship bronze medalist will also be on the track as Tiffany Porter returns to Des Moines. She begins the outdoor season ranked fifth in the world.Another Relays regular, Queen Harrison, returns after finishing 2015 ranked sixth in the world following a fifth-place showing at the World Championships.The final top-10 competitor in the field is Kendra Harrison who in her first year as a professional, rose to No. 8 in the world rankings.Completing the star-studded field is the 2014 Relays champion and one-time record holder Kristi Castlin.Single-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are now on sale as are all-session and multi-session tickets. To secure your seats at Drake Stadium, visit www.DrakeRelays.org, www.DrakeTix.com or by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.Print Friendly Version
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Amy was one of Dr. Judy’s small animal clients. She had a cat named Digger, a large, yellow, short-haired, tom. He should have been neutered, but Amy feared this would alter his personality — not just his anatomy.Dr. Judy reminded her that allowing a tomcat to freely run and propagate would only worsen the excess cat population. Amy, however, never took this advice to heart. Instead, whenever she brought Digger in for a checkup, she was focused on the latest food health scare.The last time I heard from her, the World Health Organization (WHO) had just reported that Roundup might cause cancer. That news was all it took to set her off on a new rant.On Facebook she wrote, “I am only going to purchase organic food. My family’s meat consumption is going to be limited to three ounces of meat four times a week and then mostly fish. Vegetables are only going to be purchased from local sources.”I felt sorry for her husband, Larry. He told me, “The days of having a good steak appear to be over.”Consumers like Amy seem to obtain much of their allegedly “scientific” information from sources that are focused on twisting any hint of fact into scary “news” reports. Why not? It sells newspapers and TV time and draws attention to activists and their agendas.Many of you may be familiar with the WHO. On their website, WHO shares international health concerns and, in most cases, worthy programs to address them. Once in a while, however, they lose perspective.WHO recently reported that persons who eat red meat may increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. While I don’t dispute the possibility of an increase, several facts make me skeptical. An 18% increase sounds significant, but keep in mind that the risk of developing colorectal cancer is relatively low to begin with. An 18% increase would raise the incidence of colorectal cancer from 4.75% to 5.5% — far lower than the cancer risk associated with smoking.WHO has listed 936 items that may cause cancer. So, is there anything that we are in contact with that can’t cause cancer? In contrast, I offer you another report to contemplate: a well-documented research study in Kenya that evaluates childhood nutrition and consumption of red meat. In controlled trials of four different diets provided over a two-year period to students in 12 school systems, children who received four ounces of red meat per day gained 12 IQ points, increased muscle mass and were more active on the playground than their classmates who were on balanced vegetarian diets. So much misinformation is being bandied about that there is no wonder consumers like Amy, who are conscientious in providing for their families, are confused and spend more than necessary to purchase supposedly nutritious food that is usually little different than commodity-sourced foods that meet USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and FDA purity standards.The next time you read about a food scare, take a deep breath and pause. Once the initial scare tactics in the press play out, the straight facts gradually appear. Here are examples of food scares that have proven to be false:a) Butter is bad for your health.b) Fat leads to obesity and high blood cholesterol.c) Sugary carbohydrates are better for you than fats.d) Eggs contain high levels of cholesterol, therefore, are bad for you.And if you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember back when cranberries were declared unsafe because of strontium-90. That scare nearly ruined the cranberry industry. We now know that cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, making them a very healthy food choice.And we know that butter is much healthier for you than margarine and actually contains a substance that prevents cancer. A high blood cholesterol level is actually caused by an individual’s genetics, often combined with a high carbohydrate intake. Medical experts now recognize that eggs, which are loaded with amino acids, protein and beta-carotene, are a very healthy food to consume.So sit back, relax and take a deep breath, Miss Amy. You might want to use those books by the “foodies” for doorstops!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tough weekend on weather. Our front from last Friday cleared the state, but instead of seeing moisture stay along and south of the front on Saturday and Sunday, it worked to the north side of the front, bringing rain in over a large chunk of Ohio Saturday and still lingering Sunday. Things like this happen…but its just a bummer to see Mother Nature humble you at harvest season. If you missed the action and our dry forecast worked out for you…great. Apologies to the rest. But, we live to fight another day.Today we find ourselves in-between two fronts. A cold front to the south still has plenty of moisture with it, and strong low pressure this morning in western TN. This low moves across Western KY and should be into SW Ohio by sunset tonight. To our northwest, a stationary-slash-cold front sits in the Upper Midwest and is working slowly southeast and has some moisture with it. Today will see most of Ohio dominated by the flow from the southern front, and tomorrow, more of an impact from the NW front. Today, the moisture moving from western TN to Ohio will spread moisture up across the southern half to two thirds of the state Tomorrow, as the front from the NW pushes across MI and IN, we see additional rain and thunderstorm action. Showers then hold through most of Wednesday as well. Action finally breaks down and moves away to the east by Wednesday night. We are keeping rain totals at half to 2″ with coverage at 80% of the state. However, in SW OH and in central Ohio, where we see the best threat for thunderstorms, we think we can easily exceed 2.5 inches. The map at right shows combined rain potential now through midday Wednesday. The 3 and 4 inch totals are a little overzealous, in our minds at least, but the spread of moisture on this map is a good representation.Dry for Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Then we have moisture starting to work back into northern Ohio for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday we will not rule out showers down to the US 30 corridor, but see nothing farther south. We think these will be developing along and north of a warm front that lifts into the state for next weekend. Then better rains work in as low pressure finally arrives with the associated cold front to start next week. Rains out of the event will be half to 1.5” with coverage at 70%.Dry next Tuesday through Thursday. The extended 11-16 day window starts with strong high pressure over the great lakes, and it could keep us dry through the entire extended period. A strong front approaches from the west around the 9th.Temps still look to move lower here in the short haul. After the rains later today through Wednesday, we should see temps move to normal and below normal levels to finish the week. Then a slight bump in temps for the weekend as the warm front lifts through, followed by another push back to near normal behind the early week front next week. Concern about potential frost has waned for the time being…and we think seasonal temps are better positioned to dominate.