OTTUMWA — They’ll be coming from all over the world this week to run at the big blue oval in Des Moines.
For Sarah Yeager, she’ll be feeling right at home running at Drake Stadium.
The star senior for the Bulldog girls track team has already recorded a sparkling college career, coming off a prep career that was just as great at Cardinal High School. With talent that ranges from state championship hopefuls to those that battled for Olympic medals in London last summer surrounding her, Yeager will take her rightful place back on her home track as a part of what could be a busy couple of days at the 104th Drake Relays beginning on Friday morning.
For those expecting the young lady from rural Wapello County to have any stage fright when running on the same track this weekend as some like Lolo Jones, don’t expect it from someone like Yeager. The Drake Stadium track has been the site of some big moments over the years both at Cardinal, where Yeager set school records in the 100-meter dash, hurdles and 400 hurdles, or in her current role as the top runner in the same events for the Bulldogs.
Before she donned the blue and white of Drake, Yeager showed a knack for performing at high level in what would become her home away from home. Not only did Yeager make it to state and compete at Drake Stadium, she won a state championship to cap her high school career with a victory in the girls 1A 100-meter hurdles at 2009 state track and field meet.
Yeager just missed out on claiming four state titles, finishing second three times at state including second place consecutive years in the 400 hurdles. At Drake, Yeager hasn’t slowed down and made her way onto the Drake Relays stage as a freshman as part of a shuttle hurdle relay that set a school record at the 2010 Relays.