Denison freshman Aedin Brennan earned a spot in the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship set to begin this weekend at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. In her NCAA Championship debut, Brennan will compete in the indoor pentathlon, an event that consists of the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, spot put, long jump and 800-meter run.
Brennan reached qualifying standards two weeks ago after winning the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Pentathlon at The College of Wooster. The rookie won three of the five events and totaled an NCAC record 3,280 points, knocking off defending champion Emily Amburgey by 331 tallies.
At the conclusion of the 60-meter hurdles and high jump events, Brennan ranked fourth in the overall standings. She finished tied for fifth in the 60 hurdles with a personal-best time of 9.79 and placed tied for third in the high jump after clearing 5-01.25. Brennan's performance in the high jump moved her into third on the school's top performers list.
Brennan rocketed to the top of the standings after scoring 516 points in the shot put. The first-year's toss of 32-02.00 won the event by more than two and a half feet and gave her a six-point edge in the overall standings. Brennan extended her lead to 77 points after posting 603 points in the long jump with a leap of 16-11.25. The versatile rookie capped off her string of wins in the 800-meter run. Brennan completed the race in 2:27.87 to secure DU's first pentathlon victory.
Of the 15 athletes selected for the pentathlon, Brennan is the lone freshman. She is also the first DU athlete to compete in the event at the national level. Friday's pentathlon is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.
For more information or to follow the live results visit the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship page.