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Denison takes seventh at Capital

Jon Brachna helped DU post two top-6 finishes in relay events at Capital.
Jon Brachna helped DU post two top-6 finishes in relay events at Capital.

Denison opened the season with a seventh-place finish at Capital's Purple & White Invitational on Saturday in Bexley, Ohio.  The abbreviated squad scored 31 points, including four top-5 finishes.

Freshman Wallace Branche wasted no time making a mark in his collegiate debut as he finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 44'2.50".  The rookie's performance was second to only Ohio Dominican's Tyler Fifer.  In addition, Branche's jump ranks seventh on the school's all-time performers list.

The first-year athlete also posted a record-breaking time in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles.  Branche crossed the line in 9.02 in the prelims before recording a time of 9.18 in the finals.  That finals time landed him in sixth place.  Additionally, Branche took ninth in the long jump with a leap of 20'2.50".

Rookie Sam Posniewski also helped the cause.  Posniewski finish fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.06.  Junior Jon Brachna was 10th in the race with a time of 53.48.

Denison rounded out the scoring with four top-8 finishes in two relay events.  In the 4x200, Brachna, Quenton Richards, Posniewski and Ian Mulmat took third with a time of 1:36.57, while Luke Romick, Stephen Czujko, Ivan Hall and Joe Nichols placed fourth after clocking in at 1:37.87.  The 4x400 team of Brachna, Czujko, Posniewski, and Mulmat placed sixth (3:37.52), while Romick, Hall, Branche and Nichols took seveth (3:50.05).

The Big Red will compete in their first complete team competition on Jan. 26 at the annual Denison Lid-Lifter in Granville, Ohio.