March 2, 2014

Brennan repeats as NCAC Pentathlon champion

For the second-consecutive season, Denison sophomore Aedin Brennan picked up 10 points at the North Coast Athletic Conference Combined Events.  Brennan successfully defended her pentathlon title on Sunday at Kenyon College after breaking her own NCAC and school record with 3,441 points.

In a repeat of last year's competition, the DU sophomore won the final three events en route to earning the title.  Of the five events, Brennan posted pentathlon highs in all but one. She also recorded personal-best performances in both the shot put and 800-meter run.

Brennan opened the event with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles after crossing the line in 9.75.  That time earned the sophomore 759 points.  She moved up to second in the overall standings after finishing in a tie for second in the high jump.  Brennan cleared 4'11.75" en route to scoring 644 points, trailing first-place Rebecah Delp from Wittenberg by 61 points.

The defending NCAC Pentathlon champion took a 73-point lead after winning the shot put.  Brennan won the event with a personal-best heave of 37'1.75".  Her toss bested second-place Hilary Coady of Wooster by 6'3.50".  Brennan extended her lead by 110 points after winning the long jump by over a foot.  The sophomore's leap of 17'5.25" was just a quarter of an inch shy of her school record distance.  In the final event of the day, Brennan logged a PR time in the 800 run after finishing the race in 2:23.50.  She finished the event almost five seconds ahead of Coady, who took second in the event.

The five athletes that participated in last year's NCAC Pentathlon occupied the top-5 spots in this year's overall standings.  Delp, who took sixth a year ago, finished second with 3,040 points, while Coady repeated as the third-place finisher (3,029).  Allegheny's Sarah Moss and Ohio Wesleyan's Sara Johnson rounded out the top five.  Moss, who was fifth a season ago, moved up to fourth place (3,005), while Johnson jumped seven spots from last year with a fifth-place finish in 2014 (2,765).

With Brennan's victory, the Big Red will carry a two-point lead into next weekend's NCAC Championship at the Mitchell Fieldhouse on the campus of Denison University.  The sophomore's score also moved her into the top-10 nationally in the pentathlon.   The top 15 scores will advance to NCAA Division III Championship in Lincoln, Neb. on March 14-15.

NOTE: On Monday (March 3), Brennan was named NCAC Athlete of the Week for the third time this season.