Big Red ready for NCAC Outdoor Championship

Big Red ready for NCAC Outdoor Championship

The Denison University track and field team is primed for a strong performance at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship this weekend at Kenyon College.

The Big Red women’s team was selected to finish third in the pre-championship coaches’ poll.  DU will enter the two-day championship with 10 points after freshman Aedin Brennan won last weekend’s heptathlon with a school and conference record score of 4,629 points.  That total ranks Brennan sixth in the nation.

Heading into Friday’s events, Brennan boasts eight top-10 performances in the NCAC.  The DU rookie holds the league’s best outings in the 400 hurdles (1:04.99), long jump (17’9.75”) and triple jump (36’3”).  She also ranks fourth in the high jump (5’2.25”), sixth in the 200 dash (26.66) and 100 hurdles (15.85), seventh in the shot put (34’9.75”) and 10th in the 800 run (2:21.58).

In addition to Brennan’s performances, reigning NCAC Sprinter of the Year Tiffany Davis also boasts the league’s top times in the 100 and 200-meter events.  The junior sprinter ran season-best times of 12.32 and 25.51 in the 100 and 200, respectively.  Davis will be joined in both events by freshman Kiki Yewer, who ranks 13th in the 200 (27.11) and 18th in the 100 (13.34).  Rookie Emily Lamm enters the weekend with the third-best 1500-meter time (4:48.06).  She also ranks seventh in the 800 with PR time of 2:20.03.

A trio of Denison athletes will compete in the 5,000-meter event.  Junior Olivia Galano (18:42.89) and senior Anne McGinty (18:48.53) sit 13th and 16th, while freshman Sarah McKendry also qualified for the event with a time of 19:01.11.  Additionally, McGinty and McKendry hold the 9th (39:11.13) and 10th (39:56.83) best NCAC performances in the 10,000-meter run.

Sophomore pole vaulter Kristen Geary enters this weekend’s championship with the sixth-best performance after clearing 9’8”, while freshman thrower Rebecca Fritch ranks 12th in the discus with a toss of 100’9”.  The foursome of Brennan, Kendra Epstein, Yewer and Davis rank third in the 4x100 relay after posting a time of 50.24.  In the 4x400 relay, Davis, Lamm, Yewer and Brennan sit eighth in the conference with a season-best time of 4:19.33.

On the men’s side, Denison was projected to finish fifth in the coaches’ poll.  Senior Chad Kosanovich enters his final NCAC Championship meet with three top-5 performances.  Kosanovich boasts the top 1500-meter time (3:54.57) and the second-fastest performance in the 800-meter run (1:55.78).  The senior also recorded the fourth-best time in the 5,000 after clocking in at 15:01.70.

Kosanovich will be joined in the 800-meter event by freshman Mitch Keller (1:58.90).  Keller’s time lands him in 10th place.  Senior Jacob Ott will join Kosanovich in the 5,000.  Ott qualified for the event with a time of 15:35.59.  In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Keller will be joined by his twin brother Ryan Keller.  Mitch enters the weekend ranked 5th in the event (9:55.49), while his brother sits eighth (9:58.71).

In the sprint events, senior Dimonde Hale, and rookies Jordan Patterson and Quenton Richards will represent the Big Red.   Hale’s time of 50.15 in the 400 dash ranks 11th in the conference, while Patterson boasts two top-8 times in the 100 and 200-meter events.  Patterson is fifth in the 100 (11.16) and seventh in the 200 (22.55).  Richards’ PR time of 11.25 ranks him eighth in the NCAC in the 100 dash.  He also qualified for the 200-meter event with a time of 23.04.  In addition, the freshman holds the third-best performance in the high jump after clearing 6’2” at the Big Red Invitational last weekend.

Rookie Wallace Branche boasts the league's best triple jump performance with a combined leap of 46'8".  He also qualified in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.96, which met NCAC qualifying standards.  In the discus, sophomore Andy Shaw recorded the fourth-best toss in the NCAC at the Big Red Invitational last weekend.  Shaw hurled the discus 146’5”.

The Big Red relay teams boast a pair of top-5 times.  The 4x400 team of Posniewski, Patterson, Brachna and Hale rank fourth (3:23.17), while Richards, Joe Nichols, Ian Mulmat and Patterson have the fifth-best time 4x100 time in the conference (43.33).

Friday’s field events are scheduled to start at 12 p.m., while the running events will begin at 4:30 p.m.  For more information, visit the 2013 NCAC Championship Site.