May 4, 2013

Davis, Brennan help DU take third at NCAC Championship

After finishing eighth in the standings a year ago, the Denison women's track and field team posted a third-place finish at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship after scoring 90 points.  At the conclusion of the meet, junior Tiffany Davis was named NCAC Sprinter of the Year for the second-straight year, while freshman Aedin Brennan was selected NCAC Field Athlete of the Year.

On Saturday, Davis successfully defended her 100 and 200-meter titles.  The junior finished the 100-meter race in 12.54, 21 hundredths of a second ahead of Wittenberg's Shawna Johnson.  Roughly a half hour later, Davis returned to the track for the 200-meter event.  Like the 100, the junior cruised to her second-straight victory in the event after clocking in at 25.71.  Her time was 41 hundredths of a second faster than the second-place time turned in by Brea Medlock of Wittenberg.

Brennan also added to her NCAC Championship resume on Saturday afternoon in Gambier, Ohio.  In the morning session, the freshman captured her third conference outdoor crown after winning the triple jump.  Brennan won the event with a school-record leap of 36'10.50", surpassing her previous school mark of 36'3" set at the Marv Frye Invitational on April 6.  In the afternoon session, the rookie picked up one more title with a victory in the 400-meter dash.  After posting the second-best time in the prelims, Brennan edged out Oberlin's Marissa Clardy by five hundredths of a second, checking in with a time of 57.74.  Her time was almost a full second faster than her previous personal-best time (58.66).  Brennan also finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.94.

In addition to capturing four conference titles, Davis and Brennan also earned All-NCAC honors in the 4x400 relay with teammates Kiki Yewer and Emily Lamm.  The foursome finished the race in 4:03.80 en route to a third-place finish.  Additionally, the group's performance ranks eighth all-time in school history.

In the 4x100 relay, the foursome of Brennan, Kendra Epstein, Yewer and Davis took fourth after completing the race in 49.69.  Lamm also assisted in the scoring with top-8 finishes in the 1500 and 800-meter events.  The rookie took fourth in the 1500 with a personal-best time of 4:43.96.  Lamm's performance on Saturday moved her into fourth place on DU's top performers list.  In the 800, she finished seventh after crossing the finish line in 2:21.57.

Ohio Wesleyan captured the team title after scoring 216 points in 21 events, while Oberlin finished runner-up with 209 tallies.  Denison was third, while Wittenberg (81) and DePauw (75.5) rounded out the top five.