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Branche takes 7th at NCAC Heptathlon

Wallace Branche took 7th at the NCAC Heptathlon at Wooster on Sunday.
Wallace Branche took 7th at the NCAC Heptathlon at Wooster on Sunday.

Freshman Wallace Branche finished seventh in the 13-athlete field at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Heptathlon this weekend in Wooster, Ohio.  Branche scored 4,026 points and posted six top-8 finishes.

After day one, the rookie sat in fourth place in the overall standings with 2,334 points.  Branche's day-one highlight was a fourth-place finish in the high jump.  The freshman cleared 5-09.25 en route to scoring 593 points.   Branche opened the event with a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter dash (7.54).  After placing seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-05.75, the first-year athlete took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 35-04.50.

On day two, Branche scored 704 points in the 60 hurdles after placing eighth with a time of 9.19.  He followed that up with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault (11-01.75).  Branche closed out the heptathlon with 531 points in the 1,000-meter run.  The freshman took 13th after clocking in at 3:14.28.

Ohio Wesleyan's Matt Hunger edged out teammate and two-time defending champ Andrew Diehl by 83 points.  With this seventh-place finish, Branche earned Denison two points that will carry over to the NCAC Championship next weekend.