DES MOINES — Kyle Dunn wanted the all-time Iowa best.
He settled for another state championship.
Dunn won his third straight Class 4A boys’ 400-meter hurdles title Friday afternoon at Drake Stadium. He did so in 51.04 seconds.
That’s a career-best, and an agonizing 8-hundredths of a second from the state record, set by Dustin Avey of Ames in 1996.
“Obviously, I was looking for the record,” said Dunn, a senior from Linn-Mar headed to the University of Arkansas. “But you can never complain about a gold medal.
“I did what I came to do, to give the team another 10 points.”
That put the Lions in the thick of a far-too-close-to-call 4A team race.
Ten events are in the books, and Southeast Polk and West Des Moines Valley share the lead with 27 points apiece. Linn-Mar has 26 points, Cedar Falls 21, Cedar Rapids Prairie 20.
Dunn ran in Lane 1, with the rest of the field in his view at the start. He passed them, one by one.
The two-time defending champion, Cedar Rapids Washington has 14 points. The Warriors won their heat in the 1,600-meter medley relay in 3:31.19, then had to watch at Marshalltown narrowly shaded them in the final heat, in 3:30.97.
“That was tough to watch,” said Washington anchor Robert Hogg. “I like to think I could have run a little faster if somebody was pushing me at the end.
“But I’m happy either way. It’s a great group of guys.”
Alonzo Carr, Kristopher Gardner and Alex Carr ran the first three legs.
Washington was third in the 800 relay.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Caleb Mere was fourth in the long jump, and the Cougars were fourth in the medley.