A year after finishing 14th, Tim Sindt roared back to win the Drake Relays 3,200 meters on Thursday. The Des Moines Register
Iowa defensive line coach Kelvin Bell and special teams coordinator LeVar Woods stood out among the crowd watching the boys' shot put Thursday at the Drake Relays.
They were there to support New Hampton senior Noah Fenske, an offensive lineman who has already signed with the Hawkeyes, Lewis Central junior Logan Lee, a defensive lineman who committed to Iowa back in February, and Pella senior Nick DeJong, a preferred walk-on lineman recruit.
And those three Hawkeyes were just the tip of the college football iceberg.
The boys' shot put field was loaded with Division I football talent. Beyond Fenske and Jones, there was West Des Moines Valley senior Jake Remsburg, an Iowa State offensive lineman signee; Greene County junior Tyler Miller, an Iowa State offensive lineman recruit; Waverly-Shell Rock senior Mosai Newsom, a Nebraska defensive end signee; Cedar Falls senior Jackson Leistikow, a Northern Iowa offensive lineman signee; Humboldt senior Owen Terwilliger, a preferred walk-on Iowa State lineman; and North Polk senior Caleb Lomica, a UNI linebacker signee.
Fenske took the title with a season-best throw of 60 feet, 11.25 inches. Jones finished second at 58-6.5, and Remsburg came in third at 57-3.75.
DeJong also cracked the top 10, finishing sixth at 54-6.75.
Jones said it was "a little bit" weird duking it out against a fellow Hawkeye recruit for the Relays title. He also said it was no coincidence there were nine Division I-level football prospects in the 27-athlete field.
"If you're a football player, you love to compete," Jones said. "You don't want to lose. And that's the biggest thing: You saw a whole bunch of guys out there that are playing Division I football. I mean, they just love to compete and they love to win."
Fenske, Jones, Lomica, DeJong and Newsom will compete in Friday's boys' discus. Solon senior Coal Flansburg, an Iowa State linebacker/fullback signee, will also be in the field.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.