So far this season has been a spring full of success for Yeager as senior, starting with the first conference title on the final day of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Meet. Yeager took the 60-meter hurdles at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls in 8.43 seconds to beat Indiana State’s Stacia Weatherford in a photo finish.
Yeager also added an outdoor hurdle win at the Ashford Spring Invitational in 13.9 seconds and was part of the Bulldogs’ victorious 4x400 relay team. Yeager also ran on winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays for Drake at the Musco Invite in Iowa City, but will have the momentum on her side of having won her last time out individually on the home track after winning in the 100 hurdles in the Bulldogs’ Jim Duncan Invitational two weeks ago.
Yeager credits Drake’s first-year hurdles and sprints coach LaRon Bennett for helping her make major strides in her senior year. The former University of Georgia standout and U.S. Olympic hopeful has helped make the Bulldog women’s track team a dominant force in both categories this season.
“LaRon helped spark motivation in all of us,” Yeager said. “He does not allow anyone to just go through the motions, he is right there saying things to you to make you try harder.”
Yeager’s schedule at the Drake Relays will begin Friday with the Women’s (College/University Division) 100-Meter Hudles Perlims at 9:32 a.m. Yeager will also run later in the day Friday at 2:52 p.m. in the 4x400 prelims.
Should she advance to both finals, Yeager would be running in three races on Saturday. The former Cardinal runner is already booked in the 400-meter hurdle finals at 1:17 p.m. and would run in 100 hurdle final at 2:38 p.m. and 4x400 relay final at 4:02 p.m. if she and her Drake teammates qualify.