Four track & field athletes earn NCAC honors

(L-R) Aedin Brennan, Phoebe Osterhout, Emily Grabauskas and Zach Cove
(L-R) Aedin Brennan, Phoebe Osterhout, Emily Grabauskas and Zach Cove

Four members of the Denison University track and field team received North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors for their performances last weekend. Senior Aedin Brennan and sophomore Phoebe Osterhout earned the honor for field events and sprints/hurdles, respectively, while junior Zach Cove and sophomore Emily Grabauskas were the men's and women's distance runners of the week.

Brennan garnered the women's field athlete of the week award after becoming the first female in league history to win the heptathlon four years in a row. The eight-time NCAC Combined Events championship captured her fourth-straight heptathlon title with a record-setting score of 5,008 points. The senior collected four victories and posted three runner-up finishes.

Osterhout and Grabauskas were responsible for two of DU's five victories at last Friday's Denison Big Red Invitational. Osterhout broke the tape in the 400-meter run in 1:03.18, while Grabauskas won the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:20.25. The sophomore duo also made up half of the second-place 4x400 relay team that took second with a time of 4:20.42.

On the men's side, Cove picked up a pair of wins at last Friday's meet to lead the Big Red at their home meet. The junior played a part in two of Denison's five event victories. Cove won the 800-meter event with a time of 1:57.34. The junior also part of the winning 4x400 relay team alongside Mitch Keller, Ryan Keller and Zach Munn. The foursome clocked in with a time of 3:31.54.

Denison returns to action this Friday when they host the 2016 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day event will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday and run through Saturday.