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Big Red tie for 5th at NCAC Relays

Denison senior Bill Horn (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) placed third in the pole vault and sophomore Alex Chappars (Xenia, Ohio/Bellbrook) placed fourth in the men's 5,000 meter run, helping Denison to a tie for fifth place at the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Relays from the Mitchell Center on the Denison University campus.

The team championship went to Ohio Wesleyan who totaled 104 points.  The Bishops were followed by Wabash with 76 points and Wittenberg checked in third with 49 points.  Oberlin took fourth while Wooster and Denison tied for fifth with 37.5 points each.

In the men's pole vault, Horn cleared 12'11.5" on his second try to finish in a three-way tie for third place in the event.  In the 5,000 meter run relay Chappars and his former high school teammate, freshman Steve Johnson (Xenia, Ohio/Bellbrook),  combined to place fourth as a duo and earn five points for the DU cause.  Chappars ran the 5K in 15:37.97 to place fourth and Johnson ended up in 11th placer overall with a time of 16:12.45.

In the Distance Medley Relay, Chad Kosanovich (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley), Pat Effinger (Pickerington, Ohio/North), Chris Black (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), and Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood) combined for a time of 10:33.10 that placed them fourth out of nine teams.  Effinger and Black also ran on the fourth place 4x400 relay team with Brett Ayers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Keith Mullings, Jr. (New York, N.Y./Lehman).  That team posted a time of 3:37.47 to finish behind only Wabash, Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan.

In the men's shot put, junior Steve Gallego (Lyndhurst, N.Y./New Cannan) placed sixth with a throw of 42'3.5".  Freshman Cal Keating (Encino, Calif./Notre Dame) turned in another pair of strong performances in the long jump and triple jump.  The rookie placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 20'10.75" and in the triple jump he covered 40'1.25".

The Denison men will return to action next Saturday (Feb. 6) at the Greater Columbus Invitational which will be hosted by Capital University.