Denison senior Michelle Clark (women’s outdoor track & field), sophomores Molly Chapman (women’s lacrosse) and Kyle Colgain (baseball), and freshmen Jordan Patterson (men’s outdoor track & field) and Mitch Keller (men’s outdoor track & field) all received North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week recognition in their respective sports.
Patterson was named men’s sprinter of the week after collecting three victories at the Carnegie Mellon University Mini Invitational on Saturday. He won both the 100 and 200-meter events, and was part of the victorious 4x100 relay team. The rookie completed the 100 in 11.16, and posted a time of 22.68 in the 200 dash. In the 4x100, Patterson, Joe Nichols, Ian Mulmat and Quenton Richards combined for a time of 43.67. The freshman sprinter’s time in the 100 ranks third among all conference athletes and met the NCAC Championship meet qualifying standards. Additionally, Patterson, Sam Posniewski, Jon Brachna and Dimonde Hale posted the second-best time in the conference in the 4x400 relay (3:23.17). That mark also ranks eighth in school history.
Keller and Clark earned men’s and women’s distance runner of the week honors following their performances at CMU last weekend. Keller finished second overall and first among attached runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9:55.49 is the top time in the conference to date and qualified him for the NCAC Championship meet on May 3-4.
Clark posted the NCAC’s best time in the 5,000-meter run after completing the event in 17:56.64. In addition, that time ranks her second on Denison’s top performers list. With that mark, Clark becomes the third Big Red runner to qualify for the 5,000 at the NCAC Championship meet.
Colgain went 1-0 in two appearances last week. In his lone start in game two of the series with DePauw, he earned the victory after surrendering just one earned run in 7.2 innings of work. Colgain struck out four and scattered eight base hits in the 4-2 triumph over the Tigers. The sophomore hurler also threw a scoreless third inning with two strikeouts in the Big Red’s 14-4 victory over Bluffton on Thursday.
Chapman tied the Denison single-game record for assists (7) in a 17-14 victory at Allegheny on Saturday. She also added three goals to post a career-high 10 points. Her seven assist day was the most since Jeane Walsh logged seven helpers in a win over Allegheny during the 1998 season. Chapman leads the team in goals (20) and assists (14).
All four teams are back in action this week. The women’s lacrosse team resumes NCAC action tonight (April 2) when they travel to Oberlin for a 7 p.m. match, while the Big Red baseball team takes the field on Wednesday at John Carroll. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. The outdoor track & field team travels to Delaware, Ohio on Saturday for the Marv Frye Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.