April 27, 2014

Brennan repeats as Hep Champ

For the fourth time in her collegiate career, sophomore Aedin Brennan won the North Coast Athletic Conference Combined Event. On Sunday in Gambier, Brennan captured her second-straight NCAC Heptathlon title with a school and conference record score of 4,860 points.

The Denison sophomore finished day one of the two-day event with one title and two personal records. Brennan won event third, the shot put, with a toss of 36'11.75", besting the second-place mark from Allegheny's Sarah Moss by 3'11.50". In addition to winning the event, the Big Red standout also set a new PR, moving into fourth place on the school's top performers list.

She also set a new personal best in the final event on Saturday, the 200-meter dash. Brennan finished second the event with a time of 26.20, 31 hundredths of a second faster than her previous top mark. With that time, she moved from seventh to fifth on Denison's top performers list. Brennan opened Saturday with a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.78) and a runner-up performance in the high jump after clearing 5'00.50".

Brennan kicked off Sunday's festivities with a victory in the long jump.  The sophomore top mark was 17'9.75", 1'6" farther than Wooster's Hilary Coady. Brennan kept things going with her third PR performance of the weekend after finishing second in the javelin. With a mark of 114'11", she surpassed her previous personal record by one inch. In the final event of the weekend, Brennan narrowly finished second to Coady in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.14.  Coady won the event with a time of 2:21.09.

Brennan's score of 4,860 broke her own NCAC record of 4,629, set at last year's heptathlon. In addition, she surpassed her school mark of 4,722 set at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship. Coady finished second overall with 4,451 points, while Moss was third with 4,187 tallies.  The Ohio Wesleyan trio of Sara Johnson (3,918), Meigan Day (3,860) and Kaite Helfrich (2,807) finished four, five and six in the standings.

With her heptathlon victory, Brennan earned the Big Red 10 points heading into next weekend's NCAC Championship in Oberlin, Ohio. Ohio Wesleyan will enter the event with 12 points, while Wooster and Allegheny will carry over eight and six tallies, respectively.