As you can see in the photo above -- of Kyle Jefferson anchoring UW's effort in the men's 4x100-meter relay -- the second day of the 101st Drake Relays is underway in Des Moines, Iowa, and it's off to a wet start.
It's been raining pretty much all morning, and the forecast doesn't look much brighter as the day goes on. Thunderstorms aren't out of the question, either.
Either way, the Badgers are off and running, as the women's 4x100-meter relay team of Jordan Helgren, Jameice DeCoster, Brittney Harper and Alexis Beecham ran their preliminary heat in 47.77. They did not advance to the event final.
On the men's side, the quartet of Nate Larkin, Gavin Robertson, James Groce and Jefferson ran a time of 41.42 that placed the Badgers 10th-fastest and just out of the final.
Next up for UW is Larkin running the prelims of the men's 110-meter hurdles, at 11:35 a.m. The Badgers' entry in the 4x1600-meter relay -- Craig Miller, Ryan Gasper, Drew Shields and Rob Finnerty -- runs at 12:15 p.m.
Keep in mind that, because of the weather, the meet is on a rolling schedule and will stay ahead of schedule if possible.
I'll provide updates here on the blog throughout the day when I'm not out on the track taking photos ... and getting soaked.