first_imgStory Links Thursday Results (PDF) Thursday Results (HTML) center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University junior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) closed the annual Distance Carnival with a near record breaking performance on Thursday evening at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Fischer finished third in the men’s 5,000 meters in 14:00.28, just three one-hundreths of a second shy of the Drake school record.”I was feeling good and when the pacer stepped off. I tried to make a race of it and was heartbreakingly close to a school record,” Fischer said. “It’s still a regional qualifying time so I feel good about that. That was probably the fastest I’ve closed in a 5k before.”Fischer ran his last lap in 1:02.83 as he chased down the leaders, but could not catch a pair Texas Tech Red Raiders down the stretch with Drake fans cheering him on. “You come out here and you know you’re going to have two-thirds of the stadium cheering for you in the Relays atmosphere,” Fischer said. “It’s awesome having that support from the Des Moines community.”TTU’s Evans Tuitoek won the race in 13:58.56 followed by his teammate, Benard Keter in 13:58.80.Drake’s Griffin Jaworski (Winter Park, Fla.) also competed in the event, finishing in 14:37.25 and 19th place. Minutes earlier in the women’s 5,000 meters, Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) turned in another personal best with a time of 17:07.75 to finish in 18th place. Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) was 21st in 17:15.45.The Bulldogs continue action at Drake Stadium on Friday with a full day of competition.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more