Drew Bartels Breaks Kennedy High School Record


Kaylia Richards

Local track meets are held at Kingston Stadium.

Neenah Al-Yassiri, Writer

Drew Bartels sr., smashed the Kennedy High School record for the long jump April 15, qualifying him for the upcoming Drake Relays. Bartels will compete in four events at Drake that began April 21. He is currently ranked first in 110 meter hurdles and in long jump.

The previous school record for long jump, held at 23-01.5, was broken by Bartels when he jumped 23-09.75. To qualify for Drake Relays jumpers must pass is 21-7. Bartels, with a jump far past that, got his fourth ticket to Drake Relays. He will compete in the 400 meter hurdles, 110 meter hurdles, the long jump and the shuttle hurdle relay. Bartels will compete in the highest number of events this season for the Kennedy track team.

“As a freshman I would not have thought I would be having such a good season as I’m having this year,” Bartels said.

After Bartels’ junior year was cut short by COVID-19, he wanted to make up for it.

“Going into this track season I had high goals for myself since I didn’t get to compete my junior year,” Bartels said.

After the season comes to a close, Bartels will continue his track career at the university level. He is committed to the University of Northern Iowa.