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Denison wraps up day one at NCACs

Mitch Keller took 7th in the 3000 Steeplechase with a PR time of 9:44.43.
Mitch Keller took 7th in the 3000 Steeplechase with a PR time of 9:44.43.

After seven events, the Denison men's track and field team sits in ninth place after day one at the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Oberlin College.

Senior John Bute and sophomore Mitch Keller provided the scoring for the Big Red with a pair of seventh-place finishes.  In the shot put, Bute recorded a toss of 42'5.50" with his fifth attempt of the day. The senior thrower finished 1.25" ahead of eighth-place Lucas Herweyer from Oberlin.

Keller also secured two points for DU with a seventh-place performance in the 3000-meter steeplechase. The sophomore crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 9:44.43. Keller's time was a 17.75 second improvement on his previous PR. It also moved him into eighth place on the school's top performer's list. Freshman Drake Lohnes finished ninth in the steeplechase with a time of 10:00.42, while sophomore Andrew Groff placed 10th in the event (10:01.10).

In the final event of the day, freshman Jake Dennie posted a personal-best time in the 10,000-meter run.  Dennie crossed the finish line in 32:29.61, which moved him into sixth place on Denison's top performers list. Friday's performance marked Dennie's first time competing in the 10,000-meter event.

Sophomore Quenton Richards qualified for Saturday's 100 and 200-meter dash finals after placing fourth in both prelims. Richards advanced to the 100 finals after posting a time of 11.06.  In the 200-meter event, the sophomore sprinter won his heat after breaking the tape in 22.88. Richards' mark in the 200 prelims was 14 hundredths of a second shy of his personal record.

Wabash leads the nine-team field with 105 points, while the Ohio Wesleyan is second with 60 tallies. DePauw sits third with 38 points, while Allegheny (20) and Wittenberg (14) round out the top five spots.

Denison closes out the 2014 NCAC Outdoor Championship on Saturday at the Bob Kahn Track & Field Complex on the campus of Oberlin College. Saturday's field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the running events will start at 2:15 p.m.