February 2, 2013

Thinclads take third at Wooster Invite

The Denison men's indoor track & field team compiled 113 points en route to a third-place finished at the Fighting Scots Invitational hosted by The College of Wooster on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Chad Kosanovich and freshman Wallace Branche each posted victories to pace the Big Red.  Kosanovich captured the 3,000-meter title after completing the race in 8:46.72. With that finish, the senior moved into fifth place on the school's all-time performers list.

For the second week in a row, Branche won the triple jump after a leap of 43-09.75.  Additionally, the rookie took third in the 60-meter hurdles after clocking in with a school-record time of 8.82.  Fellow first-year Jordan Patterson placed third in the 200 with a time of 23.52.  His time is tied for the ninth on the school's top performers list.

The 5,000-meter race also provided a big push in the standings for DU.  The group of Brian Myers, Sam Beech, John Williamson, Steven Johnson and Bob Ziske combined for 25 points in event.  Myers finished runner-up with a time of 16:03.60, while Beech took the bronze after crossing the line in 16:18.21.  Williamson and Johnson followed in fourth (16:36.25) and fifth (16:49.19) places, respectively.  Rounding out the scoring was Ziske who finished seventh with a time of 18:27.21.

Distance runners Corey Black, Mitch Keller and Jacob Ott also helped Denison in the scoring column.  Black finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.89, while Keller and Ott were four-five in the mile.  Keller crossed the finish line in 4:30.63, while Ott clocked in at 4:38.79.

Jon Brachna and Sam Posniewski both scored in the 400-meter dash.  Brachna was fourth with a time of 52.56, while Posniewski checked in at 53.10 en route to an eighth-place finish.  In the 60-meter dash, Quenton Richards and Patterson finished in sixth (7.31) and seventh (7.43) place, respectively.

The Big Red relay teams provided 23 points on the day.  The 4x200 foursome of Richards, Brachna, Posniewski and Patterson finished third.  The group's time of 1:32.33 is the second-fastest time in school history.  Ian Mulmat, Ivan Hall, Stephen Czujko and Jack Briggs combined to finish fifth in the 4x200 with a time of 1:41.55.

In the 4x400 relay, Posniewski, Ryan Keller, Mitch Keller and Brachna finished second with a time of 3:35.26.  Mulmat, Hall, Czujko and Black placed sixth (3:47.60), while the foursome of Kosanovich, Ott, Johnson and Williamson took seventh in the event (3:55.96).

Throwers John Bute and Joel Sachnoff rounded out the scoring for Denison.  Bute finished fourth in the shot put (37-01.75) and seventh in the weight throw (34-00.75), while Sachnoff was eighth in the shot put with a toss of 32-09.50.

Wittenberg won the team title with 144 points.  Baldwin Wallace edged DU for second place after compiling 115, while Wooster (110) and Kenyon (106) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Denison returns to competition on Friday at the Ohio Wesleyan Open.  Events are slated to begin at 4 p.m.