Lynn Finishes Second in Heptathlon

DES MOINES, Iowa--In his first time competing at the Drake Relays, sophomore Neil Hines led the Cyclones with a second-place decathlon finish.

Hines scored a personal-best 7145 points in his runner-up effort. Kip Janvrin won the event with 7671 points. This marked Janvrin's 15th consecutive Drake Relays championship and his 38th career championship.

"I had a good first day, I couldn't ask for much more," Hines said. "I was unsure about how the second day would go, my body was pretty beat up. I was happy with my performance today, but there's still room for improvement."

Hines recorded a personal-best mark of 6-6 in the high jump to win the event. He also achieved personal-bests in the shot put, long jump and 110-meter hurdles and says he likes the Drake Relays atmosphere.

"It was exciting to compete here, there's never this big of a crowd for track and field, especially the decathlon, it's not in the limelight whatsoever," Hines said. "There was good competition and it was fun to compete against Kip, he's a great guy."

Hines placed sixth at the Big 12 outdoor championships last year in the decathlon and says he is going to focus on preparing for the 2005 competition.

"I'm going to get ready for Big 12's and do it again there," Hines said. "I'd say competing here was right up there with competing at the Big 12 meet."

Erica Lynn placed sixth in the heptathlon with a personal-best total of 4968 points.

"Today was a very good effort on Erica's part," women's head coach Dick Lee said. "It was damp and cloudy here, which isn't good jumping weather, but she did great in the long jump with a personal-best 18-5."

Friday's events begin at 8 a.m. with the preliminary races of the boys' high school 4x200-meter relay. Opening ceremonies are at noon and the day ends with the preliminary races of the men's 4x400-meter relay scheduled for a 5:45 p.m. start.

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