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Big Red wraps up first day at NCAC Championship

Jordan Patterson qualified for Saturday's 60 and 200-meter dash finals.
Jordan Patterson qualified for Saturday's 60 and 200-meter dash finals.

The Denison men's indoor track & field team sits tied for fifth in the standings following the opening day of the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Championship on Friday from the Scot Center at The College of Wooster.

Ohio Wesleyan leads the nine team field with 51 points, while Wabash trails in second with 38 tallies.  Allegheny sits third with 16 points, while Oberlin (13) Wittenberg (10) and Denison (10) round out the top five.

First-year Wallace Branche has provided all the scoring for the Big Red so far.  After scoring two points in the heptathlon last weekend, Branche collected eight more tallies following a second-place finish in the triple jump.  The freshman posted a combined jump of 44-03.50.

In preliminary action, freshman Jordan Patterson qualified for Saturday's final in both the 200 and 60-meter dash events.  In the 200, Patterson finished fourth overall with a time of 23.16.  Ohio Wesleyan's Silas Jolliff won the 200 prelim with an NCAC record time of 22.38.  In the 60-meter dash, the DU rookie placed seventh after clocking in at 7.28.

Junior Jon Brachna also qualified for the finals on Saturday in the 800-meter run.  Brachna finished second in his heat and seventh overall after checking in at 2:00.24.

The 2013 NCAC Indoor Championship wraps up Saturday in Wooster, Ohio.  Field events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., while the running events will start at 2:30 p.m.