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DU finishes fourth at home meet

Quenton Richards took third in the 60-meter dash on Saturday.
Quenton Richards took third in the 60-meter dash on Saturday.

In its first full squad meet of the season, the Denison men's indoor track & field team took fourth at the annual Denison Lid-Lifter on Saturday afternoon in Granville.

The Big Red scored 32 of their 81 total points in the distance events.  Senior Chad Kosanovich led the way with a victory in the mile run.  Kosanovich crossed the line in 4:24.33, while classmate Jacob Ott followed with a time of 4:37.70 to claim third place.

In the 3,000-meter event, rookie Sam Beech took third with a time of 9:19.02, while fellow freshman Brian Myers placed sixth after clocking in at 9:23.49.  Senior Steven Johnson finished eighth after posting a time of 9:37.57.  First-years Ryan Keller and Sam Posniewski provided points in the 800-meter run.  The duo finished five-six with times of 2:01.75 and 2:02.17, respectively.

Freshman sprinters Quenton Richards and Jordan Patterson also helped the Big Red cause on Saturday.  Richard took third in the 60-meter event with a time of 7.18.  His 60 time was six hundredths of a second shy of the school record currently held by Chris Roth.  Patterson scored in both the 60 and 200-meter events.  Patterson took fifth in the 60 after crossing the line in 7.29, while his time of 24.08 in the 200 landed him in seventh place.

First-year Wallace Branche also made a big splash in his first collegiate home meet.  Branche won the triple jump with a personal best leap of 44-08.25, besting his previous distance by almost six inches.  The rookie also took third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.04) and fifth in the long jump (20-03.50).

Also picking up a victory for DU was the distance medley relay foursome of Ott, Jon Brachna, Keller and Kosanovich.  The group clocked in at 10:58.80.  Richards, Ivan Hall, Joe Nichols and Patterson collectively finished third in the 4x200 (1:35.78), while the 4x400 team of Posniewski, Stephen Czujko, Corey Black and Hall took fifth (3:36.64).

Rounding out the scoring was junior thrower John Bute.  Bute finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 39-05.25 and seventh in the weight throw (34-06.75).

Carnegie Mellon captured the team title with 177 points, while Washington and Lee took second with 96 points.  Bethany finished third (84), while Denison (81) and Waynesburg (34) rounded out the five-team field.

The Big Red returns to competition next Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Fighting Scots Invitational at The College of Wooster.  Events are slated to begin at 12 p.m.