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Jacobus Sails, Cougars Cruise

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CEDAR RAPIDS There were multiple factors contributing to Derek Jacobus' relatively slow start to the track season.

There was the lengthy basketball season, which cut down on his training. There was the medication he was taking for a kidney ailment. There was a twitchy hamstring.

Saturday, none of that hindered him.

I felt like I was up in the air a long time today," Jacobus said after establishing a new school record in the long jump, leaping 23 feet, 1 1/2 inches. That helped ignite Cedar Rapids Kennedy's boys to a dominant performance at the Draxton-Stiers/Wilkinson Invitational track meet at Kingston Stadium.

The Cougars captured nine events, tallied 167 points and won by 50. Defending Class 4A state champion Linn-Mar was second with 117, followed by Cedar Rapids Jefferson (90).

"This means a lot," said Kennedy's Marcus Perkins, who held on to win the 400-meter hurdles by an eyelash in 56.30 seconds and joined forces with Jacobus in the triumphant shuttle hurdle and 400-meter relays. "I'm a senior, and to win our home meet in my last year, that's important."

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