March 2, 2013

Denison places 4th at NCAC Indoor

Denison posted a fourth-place finish at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship from The College of Wooster. DU posted 54.5 points and was just 3.5 points behind third-place Allegheny in the conference standings.  Ohio Wesleyan placed second with 168.5 points and Wabash College captured the team championship with 220.5 points.

This marked the best finish at the NCAC indoor meet since DU finished in a tie for third-place in 2009.  Leading the way for Denison on Saturday was senior Chad Kosanovich, who logged a runner-up finishes in the mile and 3,000 meters.  In the mile, Kosanovich crossed the finish line in 4:20.69 to log his first All-NCAC track & field honor of his career.  He would return with a time of 8:52.78 in the 3,000 meters.

In the sprint events, Jordan Patterson posted a fourth-place finish in the 200 meter dash, crossing the line in 22.85 seconds.  In the 60 meter dash, Patterson took sixth in 7.23 seconds. Both times were personal bests.  Patterson would also run the anchor leg of Denison's 4x200 relay along with Quenton Richards, Jon Brachna, and Sam Posniewski.  The foursome combined for a time of 1:32.58 to place fourth.

In the 4x400 relay, Posniewski, Stephen Czujko, Mitch Keller and Brachna also placed fourth in 3:30.83.  Individually, Brachna locked up sixth-place in the 800 in 1:59.58 and first-year Wallace Branche placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 5'8".

Denison's Saturday scoring was rounded out by the distance medley relay team of Mitch Keller, Posniewski, Ryan Keller, and Jacob Ott who posted a time of 10:33.37, resulting in a third-place finish and all-conference certificates for all four runners.

This marked a 14.5 point improvement over last year's seventh-place finish at the NCAC Indoor Championship by the Denison men.