A pair of area girls turned in ninth-place performances Thursday at the Drake Relays.

Larissa Brewer of Clinton High School missed making the finals by inches and placed ninth in the shot put. Her best throw was 38 feet, 4.75 inches. The top eight throwers in the preliminaries advanced, with the shortest advancing toss going 38-9. Alexa Hunt of Des Moines Roosevelt won the event with a heave of 42-3.75.

Laura Oster-haus of Maquo-keta finished in a four-way tie for ninth place in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 3 inches. Alexis Conaway of MOC-Floyd Valley won at 5-10, tying for the third-best height in Drake Relays history.

Two other Clinton High athletes competed Thursday, as well.

Kate Kaster placed 15th in the girls 1,500 in 10:34.57. Rebekah Topham of Griswold won in 9:58.39, more than 5 seconds faster than runner-up Allison Gregg of Cedar Falls. Topham’s time was the fastest in Iowa this season and the 18th best all-time in the state. Anna Peer of Bettendorf took eighth in 10:16.42.

The River Kings’ Emmanuel Marcos-Teles claimed 10th in the boys 3,200 in 9:49.07. Cole Decker of West Des Moines Dowling won in 9:08.96, with Bettendorf’s Matt Butler crossing the finish line .07 later. Pleasant Valley’s Caleb Drake was fifth (9:23.22) and Lisbon’s Conner Smock was 17th (9:35.11).

Former Clinton High and Central College athlete Kurtis Brondyke finished fifth in the decathlon with 6,984 points. Daniel Gooris of Northern Iowa won the event with 7,624 points. Brondyke’s high-point event was the long jump (790), in which he jumped 6.90 meers. He scored 778 points in the 100 meter (11.38 seconds), 770 in the 110 high hurdles (15.67 seconds),  767 in the high jump (1.96 meters) and 741 in the 400 (51.62 seconds).

In the college division, former Northeast distance standout Morgan Casey was part of Iowa State’s third-place entry in the 6,400-meter relay.


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