DES MOINES -- Nick Kennicker had the better day of the Northeast High School junior hurdlers on Saturday's final day of the Drake Relays track and field meet.
Kennicker was edged by three-thousandths of a second, finishing third in the boys 400-meter hurdle event. Jacob Smith of West Burlington/Notre Dame won in 52.55, and Waukee's Pat Gray edged Kennicker 53.891-53.894 for the second spot.
The Rebels' Aleenah Marcucci, also a junior, placed eighth in the girls 400-meter hurdles in 1:14.52. Sarah Plock of Iowa City High won the race in 1:01.22.
Camanche didn't make the four-team final, but it ran the sixth-fastest time in the boys shuttle hurdle relay. Brady Beal, Blake Bialas, Zach Feller and Thomas Brantley ran the race in 59.68 seconds.
Bellevue's Andrew Meyer placed 15th in the 19-man field of the 1,600 run. He completed the four laps around the blue oval in 4:30.88. Freshman Ryan Schweizer of West Des Moines Dowling won in 4:18.18.