For the first time since 1992, Denison University will serve as the host site for the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day event will begin on Friday, May 6, concluding on Saturday, May 7 inside Denison's Piper Stadium.
The Denison women are ranked 11th in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 poll. The Big Red was picked to finish third by the NCAC coaches in their pre-championship poll. Led by senior Aedin Brennan and first-year Ajai Brooks, Denison is looking to unseat Ohio Wesleyan who brings a 7-year streak of conference championships into this year's meet.
Brennan became the first female in NCAC history to win the heptathlon in four consecutive years after breaking her own conference record with 5,008 points. Brennan is the defending NCAA Division III champion in the event. She will also compete in the 400-meter hurdles, javelin, shot put and triple jump where she boasts the top distance at 11.80 meters. In addition to the heptathlon, Brennan is the defending champion in the triple jump and the 400-meter dash.
Brooks enters the championship with the fastest seed time in the 100-meter dash (12.07) and the 200-meter dash (24.48). Her time in the 200 is the fourth-fastest time in Division III this season.
In the discus, Arlesha Cospy has the top entry at 45.60 meters. She has her sights set on the record books and Denison graduate, Laura Finkes, who still holds the NCAC record of 44.36 meters set in 2003.
Sophomore Hannah Hall is the top entry in the high jump after clearing 1.70 meters at High Point's VertKlasse Meeting on April 1. She has the fourth-best height in Division III this season and finished third at last year's championship.
Carter is one of the favorites in the triple jump. His leap of 14.28 meters at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Invitational has him tied for 19th on the Division III list of top performances in 2016.
Zach Cove is the current NCAC Distance Runner of the Week, and he will bring a solid entry time of 1:57.34 into the 800-meter run. Mitch Keller leads the team in the event with a time of 1:55.21. He placed second in the event last year.
In the javelin, senior Bryan Fowler has the second-best throw in the field of 17 at 54.47 meters.
This is just the second time Denison has hosted the outdoor championships but Granville is no stranger to the NCAC track & field championships. Denison has hosted the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships a record, 16-times.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 18. NCAC students with a valid ID will be admitted free of charge. Heat sheets will be available at the ticket table for $2 and are viewable at no charge, online.