Brondyke is an assistant coach at Central Missouri, where Kip Janvrin, a 15-time Relays champion in the decathlon, is the head coach. Brondyke learned the decathlon as an athlete at Central by watching videos of Janvrin. “I’ve battled some Achilles issues this year, so training’s been up and down at times,” Brondyke said. “Had a solid day one and to come away with a 400 PR, I was pretty jacked. That’s a race I’ve been chasing for a long time.” “I’ve been connected with him ever since I started the dec,” he said. “So to work with him and kind of have him as one of my mentors is really special.” Brondyke also won the Drake decathlon in 2014 and is competing in his 12th Relays, dating back to his high school days. He finished first in the long and shot put and took third with his best-ever run in the 400. “Being from Iowa, you’re probably too proud,” he said. You want to come back, you want to defend, you want to win a flag, all of those things. Regardless of the weather, it’s still a very special meet.” Jackson also has enjoyed success at Drake previously. She ran the lead-off leg in helping North Dakota State win the university women’s sprint medley relay last year, anchored the third-place 4×400 team and led off for the sixth-place team in the 4×100. DES MOINES, Iowa – From the first time he competed in the meet, the Drake Relays has exerted a pull on Kurtis Brondyke.Brondyke began defense of his Relays decathlon title by taking the first day lead with 3,993 points through five events — 64 more than second-place Derek Jacobus. The former Clinton High School and Central College athlete capped his day with a 50.06-second 400 meters, his fastest time ever in that event. “I wanted to get through all the events, do my best, see where I’m at,” said Jackson, who was 12th at the USA Championships last summer. “I’m pretty happy with today.” Print Friendly Version Former North Dakota State standout Rose Jackson leads the women’s heptathlon with 3,281 points. She has a solid 307-point lead over Northern Iowa sophomore Brooke Lorenz. On Wednesday, she finished first in three of the four events — 100 hurdles, shot put and 200.