Big Red trio scores at NCAC Combined Events

(L-R) Church Humphreys, Jessica Nix and Drake Lohnes | Photos by Brett Dunbar
(L-R) Church Humphreys, Jessica Nix and Drake Lohnes | Photos by Brett Dunbar

The Denison track and field team sent three athletes to the College of Wooster to compete in the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Combined Events Championship. At the conclusion of the combined events championship, the Big Red men will enter next weekend's NCAC Championship meet in fourth place, while the women will sit in fifth.

On the men's side, DU junior Church Humphreys and senior Drake Lohnes finished seventh and eighth, respectively, this weekend. Humphreys' best finishes came in the long jump and pole vault. The junior finished in a tie for third in the long jump with a leap of 19'2", while his mark of 12'1.50" landed him in third in the pole vault. Humphreys' highest point total came in the 60-meter dash where his time of 7.66 earned him 662 points.

Lohnes' top performance and point total both came in the final event of the weekend, the 1,000-meter run. The senior finished second with a time of 2:51.58. That time earned Lohnes 749 points. His next best finish came in the pole vault where he successfully cleared 9'10" en route to a fifth-place showing. Humphreys finished his first-ever combined event with 3,466 points, while Lohnes posted a personal-best 3,342 points.

Ohio Wesleyan junior Nate Newman won the heptathlon with 4,899 points, while the Wabash duo of Connor Stumm (4,383) and Cole Seward (4,170) followed in second and third, respectively. The Battling Bishops will enter next weekend's conference championship with 15 points, while the Little Giants are right behind with 14 tallies. Wooster sits third with seven points, while Denison is fourth with three tallies.

On the women's side, junior Jessica Nix finished seventh on Sunday after accumulating 2,344 points. Nix came out strong with two fourth-place finishes and a third-place performance which moved her into second in the overall standings through three events. The junior opened the event with a fourth-place finish in the 60 hurdles, crossing the line in 10.05. She followed that up with a fourth-place showing in the high jump after clearing 4'8.25". Nix's heave of 29'1.25" was good enough for third in the event. The Big Red junior closed out the day with a ninth-place performance in the long jump (13'2.25") and an eighth-place finish in the 800 (3:04.04).

Wooster sophomore Carolyn Webster took home the pentathlon title with 3,098 points, while Emily Brown from Ohio Wesleyan was second with 2,699 tallies. Webster's senior teammate, Taryn Szalay, finished third with 2,603 points. The Fighting Scots head into the 2017 NCAC Championship meet with 16 points, while Ohio Wesleyan currently sit second with 11 tallies. Kenyon and Oberlin are tied for third with five points, while the Big Red is fifth with two tallies.

The 2017 NCAC Indoor Championship will be held at Oberlin College on Friday (March 4) and Saturday (March 5).