January 30, 2010

Big Red finish seventh at NCAC Relays

The Denison women's indoor track and field squad totaled 32 points on Saturday at the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Relays and placed seventh overall.  The Big Red were led by their pole vault and shot put relays who each placed third as a duo.

The team championship went to Ohio Wesleyan who totaled 107 points while Oberlin placed second with 69 points.  Position's three through six went to Wittenberg, Kenyon, Allegheny and Wooster.

In the shot put, DU's senior team of Emily Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) and Emily Handelman (Rochester, N.Y./Penfield) took third behind Ohio Wesleyan and Allegheny.  Taylor led Denison with a third place overall finish and her throw of 38'0.25".  Placing ninth overall was Handelman who's best throw ended up being her first at 29'8.25".  The winning distance was recorded by Ohio Wesleyan's Hannah Philpot at 40'0.75".

The pole vault saw veteran Emily Hammeren (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) tie for third place overall after she cleared 8'6" on her second attempt.  Her teammate, freshman Ashlee Dickson (Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm), was right behind in a tie for seventh after clearing 8'0".

In the running events, Denison ended up with a pair of fourth place finishes in the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay.  In the 4x400, the team of Jane Zalenkov (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit), Laura Wolgamott (Loudonville, Ohio/Loudonville), Christy Conley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and Ashley Putnam (North East, Pa./North East) posted a time of 4:23.70 to take fourth out of six teams.

In the 4x800 it was Julie Rotramel (Lexington, Ky./Lafayette), Kelsey Pence (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North), Laura Houcque (Elkhorn, Wis./Evanston Twp.) and Anelia Mutafova (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) who bested Kenyon by 10 seconds to place fourth in 10:33.05.