DAVENPORT -- Clinton continued its strong season in boys track and field, taking first place Thursday at the Jesse Day Relays on the final day of qualifying for the Drake Relays.
The River Kings scored 138 points. Solon edged Davenport Central 120-119 for second place in the eight-team event.
“We did very well and won the meet,” Clinton coach Tony Smith said. “The boys competed hard, and we saw a lot of good results on the final qualifying day for the Drake Relays.”
Even though the 400-meter dash is not one of the races on the Drake schedule, Clinton senior Deshond Robinson ran it as if it were. Robinson, the defending Class 4A state champion in the event, broke the meet record as he turned in a 48.96-second lap around the Brady Street Stadium track. Marquis Robinson was right behind him in second place in 51.63.
Deshond Robinson’s time was the second-fastest in the state this season behind a 48.76 by Jase Grant of Dubuque Senior.
Robinson also won the 200 in 22.46, while Marquis Robinson was third in 23.06. Deshond Robinson also was second in the 100 behind Connor Ham of Solon, with Clinton teammate Barrion Collins taking third.
“Deshond had a great night again,” Smith said. “We anchored him in the four-by-100 instead of the four-by-400 to get a better time for Drake and the four-by-100 came through.”
Robinson was far from the only River King to shine, though.
Nate Harden won the discus with a heave of 156 feet, 5 inches and was second in the shot put with a personal best of 52-5.5.
The Kings also enjoyed a successful day in the hurdles events.
Stephen Baca, DJ Ludemann, Justin Guilliams and Delante Chamberlain combined to win the 440-meter shuttle hurdle relay in 1:01.34, Chamberlain was the runner-up in the 400 hurdles and Baca and Chamberlain finished 2-3 in the 110 hurdles.