New Castle News


April 16, 2014

Athlete of the Week: Meet Hannah Drake of Wilmington

NEW CASTLE — Hannah Drake is a track and field coach’s dream.

The Wilmington junior can step into virtually any event and score points for her team.

“Hannah is very gifted on the track,” said veteran Lady Greyhounds coach J.R. McFarland. “She’s one of those athletes that we have the freedom to move around, because she can do so much.

“I was thinking the other day about how she could do any event that we wanted her to do. She could be a hurdler. In the field, she obviously long jumps and triple jumps. We’ve had her in the high jump. I don’t know how she’d do in the shot or the discus.”


At the Union Invitational on Friday, Drake recorded a leap of 17-4 3/4 in the long jump to eclipse the old invitational mark of 17-4 1/2, set by Wilmington’s Alexis King in 2011. Drake, Allison Baldwin, Elizabeth Ferrante and Rikki Brumbaugh posted a time of 4:19.71 in the 1600 relay to set another record. Moniteau had the previous record of 4:20.2 in 2006.

She was also on the winning 3200 relay team and rounded out her day with a first-place finish in the triple jump.

Earlier in the week, Drake posted wins in the long jump, the triple jump and the 1600 and 3200 relays in Wilmington’s 116-28 win over Reynolds.

Drake’s efforts earned her Lawrence County Athlete of the Week honors, an award sponsored by Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” Drake said of setting the record in the long jump. “I was really blessed to be able to compete and compete well. The one that I broke individually used to be Alexis King’s. She’s a former Wilmington jumper, so it was pretty cool to see how I compared to past jumpers. I definitely looked up to Alexis and Mariah (Burns). They were jumpers here and they worked very hard. To compete at that level is really special.

“We didn’t know we broke (the 1600 relay record) until the next morning, so that made it really special. I don’t have the fastest split, but they make me look really good. It’s pretty amazing that we got the record, because we were all feeling tired. It had been a long day.”

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