Iowa High School Track And Field Championships Begin Thursday In Drake Stadium

Mike Jay has served as public address announcer at the US Olympics Trials, the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor championships as well as the Drake Relays.

The native of Columbus Junction has a special affinity for the Iowa High School Track and Field Championships. Jay will be on the microphone for the 21st straight year when the state meet begins Thursday morning in Drake Stadium.

Jay announces between 35 and 40 meets annually and says the Iowa High School Championships are the best.

Jay first had an announcing role in 2003 when the girls and boys competed on separate weekends. Two years later they merged to accommodate renovations at Drake Stadium and the coed meet has become the most well attended state meet in the country.

Jay says the crowds and performances are proof that Iowa is an outstanding track and field state.