Blake Boldon Blake Boldon was named the 12th Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Director of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on Oct. 12, 2016. Boldon served as the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon prior to taking the reins of the Relays. He spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania as the Quakers’ head cross country coach and track and field distance coach. Boldon also coached at UAB (2009 – 2010) and Iowa State (2005 – 2008). A native of Osceola, Iowa, Boldon won the 3A state title in the 1,600 meters in 1998. As a collegian at Missouri State (MSU), he won five Missouri Valley Conference titles and a Drake Relays title in the 1,500 meters in 2003. Boldon graduated from Missouri State with a degree in education in 2003 and was named MSU’s Outstanding Male Athlete Award winner in addition to being a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.