After a three-year hiatus, the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship returns to Granville in 2014. The championship event will be held March 7-8 at the Mitchell Fieldhouse located inside the Mitchell Center on the campus of Denison University.
This weekend marks the 17th time that Denison will serve as host for the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship. The two-day event will begin on Friday with four field event finals beginning at 12 p.m. Ten preliminary races and four event finals will be held on Friday. Saturday’s schedule features 25 event finals beginning at 10 a.m.
The Denison women’s team enters this weekend’s event with a two-point lead after sophomore Aedin Brennan captured her second-straight NCAC Pentathlon title. She won the award with a conference and school record score of 3,441. A seven-time All-NCAC selection, Brennan boasts the top long (17’5.50”) and triple jump (36’11.50”) performances. The sophomore is also fourth in the high jump (5’00.50”) and eighth in the shot put (37’1.75”).
Two-time NCAC Indoor Sprinter of the Year, Tiffany Davis, will also look to successfully defend her 60 and 200-meter dash titles. A six-time All-NCAC honoree, Davis sits atop the conference in both the 60 and 200 with times of 7.84 and 25.45, respectively. Additionally, her 200 time ranks eighth nationally. Brennan and Davis, along with Kiki Yewer and Olivia Ireland, make up the 4x200 team that has the best time in the NCAC. Also looking to aid DU are senior Olivia Galano and freshman Anne Lee. Galano ranks third in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter events with times of 10:15.44 and 17:43.52, respectively. Lee trails only Brennan in the triple jump following her performance at the Denison Last Chance Meet. The freshman combined for a jump of 35’11.25” at last Friday’s home meet. Lee also ranks sixth in the long jump thanks to a mark of 16’1.50” at the Capital Purple and White Invitational on Dec. 7.
The Big Red men will be led by 2013 All-NCAC honoree Wallace Branche. Branche, a second-team selection a season ago, boasts the top performance in the triple jump heading into this weekend’s event following a school-record jump of 46’9” at the Last Chance Meet. Also looking to score in the triple jump is freshman Lester Harris. Harris ranks third in the conference after posting a combined leap of 44’4.75” at the Kent State Tune-Up on Feb. 22. Sophomore Quenton Richards sits third in the NCAC in the 60-meter dash. Richards secured his spot with a school-record time of 7.01 at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Feb. 8. The sophomore sprinter also ranks 10th in the 200-meter event with a time of 23.27, also posted at the first-ever Bob Shannon Invite.