Burlington High School hurdler Jenna Caffrey, the holder of six Drake Relays titles and two Iowa prep state meet crowns, signed a national letter of intent April 25 to attend and compete for Iowa State. Caffrey was named the recipient of the 2006 Gerry Cooley Award as the outstanding high school girls Drake Relays performer this week after winning the high school girls 100 hurdles (13.80) for the third straight year. The senior also won the 400 hurdles in 1:03.02. She ran the anchor leg on the shuttle hurdle relay which was second in 1:03.58, while anchoring the 4x100 relay to a seventh-place finish in 50.37.
Caffrey set a Drake Relays record (old mark: 14.10 Caffrey, 2006) in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles in 14.01 and then broke that mark in the finals. Caffrey was the first Iowa girl to win the 100-meter hurdles three times.
"We are very excited that Jenna is going to wear a Cyclone uniform," ISU head women's track coach Dick Lee said. "Her achievements speak louder than words. Obviously, we are thrilled that she is joining our team."
Caffrey won the Class 4-A 100-meter hurdles and ran on
the winning shuttle hurdle relay at the 2005 Iowa state high school meet. She
was also third in the 400-meter hurdles. As a sophomore, the Greyhound was the
100-meter hurdles runner-up and ran on the place-winning shuttle hurdle and
sprint medley relays. Caffrey was the 100-meter hurdles runner-up as a freshman,
placed fifth in the high jump and on the sprint medley and ran on the
sixth-place shuttle hurdle relay.