Big Red sits third at NCAC meet
After one day of competition at the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship, the Denison women's track and field team sits in third place after compiling 31 points through seven events.
Senior Olivia Galano capped off day one by earning her third-career All-NCAC performance. Galano earned that honor with a runner-up performance in the 10,000-meter run. The senior completed the race in 37:23.33, 7.10 seconds behind 2014 conference champion and fellow senior Molly Martorella of Oberlin.
Sophomore Kate Benson also helped the Big Red cause with a personal-best performance in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Benson placed eighth in the event with a time of 12:07.74. That time surpassed her previous PR by more than 25 seconds.
Denison also scored 12 points in the field events on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Aedin Brennan and freshman Anne Lee combined for nine points in the long jump. Brennan, fresh off her second-straight NCAC heptathlon title, took second with a leap of 16'5.75". Lee placed eighth overall with a final mark of 15'4". Junior Kristen Geary matched her personal-best mark in the pole vault en route to a sixth-place finish in the event. Geary cleared 10' for the third time this year to earn three points towards DU's team score.
In preliminary action, three Big Red athletes advanced to the finals on Saturday. Senior sprinter Tiffany Davis advanced to the finals of 100 and 200-meter events with a pair of top-2 finishes in the prelims. Davis kicked off her day with a runner-up performance in the 100 dash (12.41). An hour later, the senior returned to the track to break her own NCAC record in the 200-meter dash. Davis won the prelims with a time of 24.77 which was 10 hundredths of a second faster than her conference mark set back in 2012.
Brennan also advanced to the finals of two events on Friday. The sophomore won her heat of the 400 prelims with a time of 58.50. That time was good enough for second overall as she finished 25 hundredths of a second behind Ohio Wesleyan's Sierra Wright. Brennan also placed seventh in the 200 dash prelims with a time of 26.84.
Sophomore Kiki Yewer will also compete on Saturday after qualifying for the 100-meter dash finals. Yewer took eighth in the prelims with a time of 13.16. The sophomore narrowly missed qualifying for the 200 finals, finishing in ninth place by just three hundredths of a second.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the eight-team field with 83 points, while the Yeowomen are second with 62 tallies. Denison is in third, while Allegheny (30) and DePauw (25) round out the top five spots.
The Big Red wraps up 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.