Hawkeye football recruit first boy to sweep Drake Relays throws since 2004

Chris Cuellar
Hawk Central

Tristan Wirfs was already a four-star offensive line recruit, but he’s entered rare company as a track and field standout, too.

The Mount Vernon senior and Iowa football signee became the first high school boy to sweep the Drake Relays throwing events since 2004, adding Friday morning’s discus title to his shot put win from Thursday.

Tristan Wirfs reacts after throwing a 66 3.5 in the shot put to win the competition during the Drake Relays on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Des Moines.

Wirfs won easily in the cold and wet conditions outside Drake Stadium, as his third throw of 190 feet and 1 inch put him well clear of Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central’s Nick Phelps in second with 176-7.

“With the conditions today,” Wirfs said, “throwing 190, I felt great about that.”

The last high school boy to win both throwing events at the all-class Drake Relays was Newton’s Chase Madison in 2004. Before that, the feat was accomplished by Camanche’s Scott Schaley in 1993.

Wirfs won both events in Class 3A at last year’s state meet, but his throws on Thursday and Friday were better. His shot put victory came at 66-3½, a new personal best.

Also a state champion wrestler, Wirfs indicated after Friday’s win that he would discuss with Iowa’s football coaches whether he would compete in track and field as a Hawkeye.