Dunne Impresses in Comeback at Drake Relays


April 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, (AP) — Iowa native and former Missouri star Amanda Dunne crossed first in the 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays Thursday night, blowing away the field by nearly 11 seconds. The official victory went to Oklahoma’s Jessica Engel because the race was in the university/college division. But Dunne finished in 16:04.53 in the first 5,000 of her comeback. Dunne first won at the Drake Relays while at Pleasant Valley High 12 years ago. She has returned to track this season after a four-year absence. The Iowa women’s 6,400-meter relay team won the instate meet for the first time in school history, snapping Minnesota’s three-year winning streak. Obsie Birru of Grand View, a small school in Des Moines, won the women’s 10,000 by 15 seconds. Illinois senior Colin Mickow won the men’s 10,000 for the second time in three years. Anthony Rotich of Texas-El Paso won the men’s 5,000 in 13:57.09.