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Denison sits sixth after day one of NCAC meet

Bryan Fowler earned his first All-NCAC honor after placing 2nd in the javelin on Friday.
Bryan Fowler earned his first All-NCAC honor after placing 2nd in the javelin on Friday.

After the first day of the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship, the Denison men's track and field team sits in sixth place with 23 points.

The Big Red scored the majority of Friday's points in the javelin after placing three athletes in the top-8. Denison senior Bryan Fowler capped off his final conference meet with a runner-up finish in the event with a mark of 185'5". Fowler's performance was a 6'9" improvement on his previous personal record. The second-place showing also secured Fowler his first-career All-NCAC certificate.

Sophomore Church Humphreys and junior Drake Lohnes also scored for DU in the javelin following personal-best performances. Humphreys took sixth in the event with a toss of 157'6", which bested his previous PR by 3'4". Lohnes finished right behind in seventh after posting a mark of 154'7". The junior's final mark was a 7'5" improvement from his best showing coming into the meet.

Denison picked up 10 more points in the triple jump where freshman David Carter and Humphreys both landed in the top-8. Carter placed second in the event with a combined leap of 47'3", earning him his second all-conference honor. The freshman's mark was a personal record by 4'75". Humphreys took seventh in the event with a final mark of 41'0.25".

In Friday's prelims, senior Mitch Keller and junior Zach Cove both qualified for the finals of the 800-meter run. Keller finished fourth overall and second in his heat with a time of 1:56.79. Cove edged out Mitch's twin brother and fellow Big Red teammate Ryan Keller for the final spot after crossing the line in 1:57.42. The junior's time edged out Ryan Keller by just three hundredths of a second. Senior Quenton Richards came just short of qualifying for the 100-meter dash finals, clocking in with a time of 11.43. Ohio Wesleyan's Griffin Peyton logged the eighth and final entry time of 11.27 in the final heat of the prelims.

Wabash leads the way through eight events with 80 points, while Ohio Wesleyan trails by just three at 77. Oberlin is third with 35 tallies followed by Wittenberg (34), DePauw (26), Denison, Allegheny (20), Kenyon (11) and Wooster (5).

The final day of the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship will take place on Saturday in Granville, Ohio. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the running events are slated to start at 2:15 p.m.