Robertson to Defend Relays Night Dunk Title at the Knapp Center

first_imgAll ticket packages to the 2019 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. Tickets remain for Wednesday’s “Relays Night” as the Bulldogs take on the Illinois State Redbirds.  For tickets to either event, contact the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647 or visit draketix.com. Print Friendly Version Larry Donald is less than a year removed from competing collegiately at Arkansas where he was an NCAA Championship qualifier and advanced to the 2018 USATF Championship at Drake Stadium in both the 110 and 400-meter hurdles. His versatility in those events should serve him well in the Knapp Center as should his competitive spirit as the son of heavyweight great Larry ‘The Legend’ Donald, a 1992 Olympian in boxing who went on to earn the NABC World Championship belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield. The trio of Ricky Robertson, Wallace Spearmon and Larry Donald guarantee to thrill and amaze fans of all ages at the Knapp Center as they attack the rims. The annual event highlights the upcoming Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and honors its longtime committee members, officials and volunteers that drive America’s Athletic Classic. In 2018, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Relays, added a high-flying dunk contest between Relays’ athletes to showcase the tremendous athleticism of the world’s top track and field talents. While both certainly possess credentials to walk away with the Relays Night dunk title, they will be pushed by a young upstart with the pedigree of a prizefighter ready for the bright lights and the big stage. Robertson was a 10-time All-American as a collegian and a 2016 Olympian who finished fourth at the USATF Championships last summer inside Drake Stadium. Robertson has cleared 7-7.25 in the high jump and demonstrated last winter that a 10-foot basketball rim poses little challenge to his leaping ability and athleticism. DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, Jan. 30, is set to be another ‘can’t-miss’ night at the Knapp Center. Spearmon is one of the greatest 200-meter runners of all time as his personal best of 19.65 is the eighth fastest time in history and bested only by the likes of Usain Bolt and the incomparable Michael Johnson. Spearmon’s incredible athleticism and longevity as one of the world’s best athletes is not to be missed as he takes his horizontal speed skyward. Ricky Robertson, a high jumper who stands less than six-feet tall, brought the Knapp Center crowd to its feet in 2018 with a series acrobatic dunks to win the competition. Robertson is ready and committed to defending his title in 2019 against an even more talented field, according to Boldon. “When we came up this idea, I never dreamed we’d attract athletes with these exceptional resumes, including one of the world’s greatest sprinters in Wallace Spearmon,” stated Boldon.  In addition to the Drake men’s basketball team hosting Illinois State at 7PM in a critical Missouri Valley Conference contest, the evening will also feature three world-class athletes including the defending champion and an American record holder in a halftime dunk contest as part of ‘Relays Night’ at the Knapp Center. However, Robertson’s plaudits in the event have drawn one of the top American sprinters to the Knapp Center as a challenger. Wallace Spearmon, who held the American record in the indoor 200 meters and a multi-time medalist at the World Championships, guarantees to lay siege to Robertson’s title defense. The Drake Relays champion in the invitational 200 meters in 2012, Spearmon went on to finish fourth in the same event at the 2012 Olympics in London. last_img read more