Four receive NCAC AOW honors

(L-R) Jacob Ott, Jess Robertson, Kelsey Hager, Aedin Brennan
(L-R) Jacob Ott, Jess Robertson, Kelsey Hager, Aedin Brennan

Denison seniors Jacob Ott and Jess Robertson, junior Kelsey Hager and freshman Aedin Brennan all earned North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors for their performances last week.  Ott was named NCAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Distance Runner of the Week, while Brennan received NCAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors.  Robertson and Hager earned NCAC Hitter and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, in softball.

Ott posted the NCAC’s top time to date in the 5,000-meter run at the Washington & Lee Carnival last weekend in Lexington, Va.  In a race that featured 77 runners, the senior finished 19th after crossing the finish line in 15:35.59.  That time qualified him for the NCAC Championship meet on May 3-4.  Ott also ran on the sixth-place 4x800-relay team that posted a time of 8:31.02.  Ott, Ryan Keller, Corey Black and Steven Johnson ran the 10th-best 4x800 time in school history.

Robertson hit .429 with an .857 slugging percentage in Denison’s twinbill sweep at Mount St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon.  In her first at bat of the day, the senior first baseman blasted a three-run homer over the wall in left center to give DU an early 3-0 lead.  In the third inning, Robertson laced a single to center that scored another Big Red run.  In game two, Robertson scored Denison’s first run on a single to center in the second.  Later in the game, she plated a pair of runs on two fielder’s choice outs.  In 10 starts, Robertson is hitting .355 with a team-best six doubles and eight RBIs.

In her only start of the week, Hager tossed her second-career no-hitter in the five-inning victory over Mount St. Joseph.  The junior hurler retired the first six batters she faced before issuing a walk to lead off the third inning.  After that free pass, she successfully sat down the next nine batters in a row.  Hager allowed one unearned run, walked one and struck out three en route to her third win of the season.  The junior boasts a 2.26 ERA and has gone 14-straight innings without allowing an earned run.

Brennan paced the Big Red at the Washington & Lee Carnival with a second-place finish in the heptathlon.  She accumulated a school-record 4,205 points over the course of the two-day events, besting the previous record by 308 points.  The freshman won one of the seven events and finished runner-up in two others.  Brennan also had three more top-5 finishes last weekend.  Additionally, six of her seven performances from the weekend rank on Denison’s top performers list: high jump (t-4th), 100 hurdles (7th), long jump (7th), 200 dash (8th), javelin (8th), and shot put (9th).

Both the Denison track & field and softball teams are back in action this week.   The men’s and women’s track & field team travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Carnegie Mellon Mini Invitational on Saturday.  The softball team opens an eight-game homestand on Thursday against Muskingum University at 3:30 p.m.