November 12, 2011

Salukombo takes second at NCAA Regional

Denison senior Dee Salukombo finished second at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Oberlin College on Saturday.  As a team, the Big Red finished in 17th place with 458 points.

Saturday marked Salukombo's second-career second-place finish, and third top-5 finish at the regional meet.  In 2009, he was second to Calvin's Nick Kramer at the NCAA Regional co-hosted by Rose-Hulman and DePauw.

This afternoon, Wabash's Kevin McCarthy and Salukombo revived their battle that began at the NCAC Championship two weeks ago.  McCarthy, who finished second to Salukombo at the conference championship, took home the regional title with a time of 24:31.01.  The Denison senior took second after clocking in at 24:44.61.  The two will meet one more time this season at the NCAA Division III Championship meet next Saturday (Nov. 19) in Oshkosh, Wis.

In addition to Salukombo, fellow senior Alexander Chappars also earned all-region honors after placing 22nd.  Chappars, who picked up his third-consecutive all-region accolade, posted his best finish at the Great Lakes Regional.  The senior crossed the line in 25:47.93.

Freshman John Williamson, senior Chris Dunn and sophomore Stephen Stitcher also scored for the Big Red.  Williamson finished the race in 27:32.35, while Dunn and Stitcher posted times of 27:47.41 and 28:15.06, respectively.

For the second-straight season, Calvin and Wabash finished first and second in the team standings.  The Knights totaled 38 points, while the Little Giants accumulated 100 points.  Manchester (197), Ohio Wesleyan (201) and Albion (224) rounded out the top five spots.