Finnerty, Rucks take third-place finishes

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Redshirt freshman Rob Finnerty showed he's undoubtedly on the downhill side of the road to recovery with a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters Saturday at the Drake Relays.

Finnerty, who missed his entire first season at UW because of injury, ran a personal-best 3:45.45 but was nipped at the line by Iowa State freshman Rico Loy and Silas Kisorio of Oklahoma Christian in a fantastic finish.

He spent most of the race on Kisorio's shoulder at the front of the pack and was in good position for a kick with 150 meters to go. That's when Loy joined the fray, and he out-kicked both the front-runners to take the win in 3:45.27.

Kisorio was just back in 3:45.37 with Finnerty half a step behind as all three lunged for the finish.

Finnerty's time cut more than three seconds off his previous best, the 3:48.50 he ran two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays.

In the 800 meters, junior Luke Rucks finished a busy day of competition -- he also anchored UW's effort in the sprint medley relay -- by taking a third in the 800 meters.

Despite splitting a 1:50 earlier in the day on the relay, Rucks clocked in at 1:50.38 to claim his third-place finish. The time was just off Rucks' season-best mark of 1:50.20 that he ran at Mt. SAC.

Alabama junior Fred Samoei claimed the win in 1:49.73, with Nebraska freshman Tommy Brinn taking second in 1:49.84.

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