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DU in second after opening day at NCACs

Arlesha Cospy became the new NCAC record holder in the discus on Friday, surpassing the previous mark set by former DU All-American Laura Finkes in 2003.
Arlesha Cospy became the new NCAC record holder in the discus on Friday, surpassing the previous mark set by former DU All-American Laura Finkes in 2003.

Senior Aedin Brennan and sophomore Arlesha Cospy combined for three titles and two North Coast Athletic Conference records on Friday, helping the Big Red end day one of the 2016 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet in second place with 48 points.

In her first event of the afternoon, Brennan needed just one attempt in the triple jump to become the NCAC's new record holder. With her first jump of the preliminaries, the senior All-American broke Oberlin Apryl Wynn's 15-year old record by three-hundredths of a meter. Brennan's winning mark of 38'5.50" bested second-place Annie Goodridge of Oberlin by over one foot. Junior Anne Lee also scored in the triple jump, finishing eighth with a combined leap of 34'3.50".

Less than 20 minutes after breaking the triple jump mark, Brennan logged a school-record performance in the javelin. Trailing only Natasha Brigham heading into her last attempt of the prelims, the DU senior launched the javelin 124'7", besting Brigham's opening mark by just two inches. Brennan's performance held through the finals as she picked up her second individual title of the day. With her two victories on Friday, Brennan moved her NCAC championship total to 25 overall and 14 during the outdoor season.

Cospy opened the meet with a record-breaking performance in the discus. Entering the day, the sophomore thrower proved she could best the conference mark set in 2003 by former Big Red All-American Laura Finkes as she entered the event with a season-best toss of 149'7". After completing the prelims 35 hundredths of a meter shy of the Finkes' mark, it took just one throw in the finals to break the 13-year old record. Cospy's opening throw of 149'10" topped the league record by 4'4" and was over three feet farther than the second-place performance. Senior Rebecca Fritch took fifth in the discus with a personal-best mark of 126'.

In preliminary action on Friday, the Big Red turned in six qualifying performances for Saturday's finals. Freshman sprinter Ajai Brooks led the way with top times in both the 100 and 200-meter events. Brooks broke the tape in 12.39 in the 100 and crossed the finish line in 24.85 in the 200 dash.

Brennan also qualified for the finals in both hurdle events. The senior posted the fasted time in the 100 hurdles while registering the second-fastest performance in the 400 hurdles. Brennan's time of 14.61 in the 100 hurdles bested the previous school record by four-hundredths of a second. Her time of 1:02.74 was second only to Wooster's Hilary Coady who re-set her own NCAC record with a time of 1:01.43.

Sophomores Phoebe Osterhout and Emily Grabauskas rounded out the day for DU by earning spots in the finals of the 800-meter run. Osterhout won the opening heat of the prelims with a time of 2:25.11, while Grabauskas took seventh overall at 2:22.11.

Ohio Wesleyan leads the way through seven events with 87 points, 19 points ahead of the second-place Big Red. Oberlin is third with 45 tallies followed by Allegheny (42), DePauw (25), Kenyon (17), Wooster (16) and Wittenberg (13).

The final day of the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship will take place on Saturday in Granville, Ohio. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the running events are slated to start at 2:15 p.m.