Every year, it seems, the Drake Relays are like a celebration equal parts sport and spring. This year was no exception. Despite cool, rainy weather leading into the weekend Friday and Saturday were two truly great days. There were many big moments on the track and some impressive solo efforts in the field events and on Saturday the action didn't slow down until the final athlete crossed the finish line. I have been coming to this event since I was in high school and every year it seems to get better, especially now that I am granted unique access to witness, and photograph, some of the most memorable moments. There is something about track that really resonates with me. The sport is rich with great and meaningful metaphors for life and as a photographer, working for a big newspaper, I can appreciate the individual effort these athletes make while representing something bigger than themselves. Below is just a sliver of some of my favorite images from the week. Check back in a few weeks when the Iowa High School state track meet rolls into town and we do it all again!