Harrison upstages packed Drake hurdles field


April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Queen Harrison ran a world-leading 12.71 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday to win the marquee event at the Drake Relays. Dawn Harper was second, and fellow Olympian Kellie Wells third — just like they did at the London Games — and Des Moines native Lolo Jones was fourth.

Zusana Hejnova of the Czech Republic cruised to the 400 hurdles title in a world-leading 54.41. Germany’s Bjorn Otto won the men’s pole vault at 18 feet, 8 1/4 inches and Reese Hoffa took the shot put title.

Spain’s Ruth Beitia won the women’s high jump at 6-4 3/4 and Nick Willis took the men’s mile in 3:55.70.