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DU takes second at lid-lifter

Wallace Branche won the triple jump at the DU lid-lifter on Saturday.
Wallace Branche won the triple jump at the DU lid-lifter on Saturday.

The Denison men's track and field team picked up two event victories en route to a second-place finish at the annual Denison Lid-Lifter on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville.

The Big Red's two victories came in the triple jump and the distance medley relay.  Sophomore Wallace Branche won the triple jump after recording a distance of 44'10.25" in his second jump of the afternoon.  Branche's leap bested second-place Matthew Quinn of Otterbein by almost three feet. In addition to his win, Branche also took second in the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.13.

The winning DMR team of Drake Lohnes, Luke Romick, Ryan Keller and Jake Dennie combined for a time 11:14.56.  Dennie was also one of three DU runners to score in the 3,000-meter run.  The freshman took second overall and was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line after clocking in at 9:12.68.  Sam Beech and Andrew Groff were third and fifth overall, respectively, with times of 9:15.34 and 9:39.96.  Former All-American and DU alumni Dee Salukombo run the event with a time of 8:48.48.

Sophomore Quenton Richards had a solid afternoon posting three top-3 finishes.  Richards took second in the 60-meter dash after tying the school record with a time of 7.02.  He was also third in the 200-meter event (23.37) and the high jump (5'8").  Denison freshman Edward Bailey III finished just ahead of Richards in the high jump after clearing 5'10".

Ethan George and Lester Harris placed fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.65) and triple jump (41'04.25"), respectively, while Keller took fifth in the mile with a time of 4:36.58. John Bute (42'09.50") and Andy Shaw (42'05.25") finished 3-4 in the shot put. Bute was also fourth in the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 39'10.50".  The senior's personal record also ranks his second on DU's top performers list.

Rounding out the scoring for Denison were the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams, both of which finished third.  The 4x200 foursome of Richards, George, Jon Brachna and Ivan Hall clocked in at 1:35.54, while the grouping of Brachna, George, Hall and Michael Bonebrake posted a time of 3:43.37.

Muskingum captured the team title with 55 points, while Denison (44), Otterbein (42) and Wittenberg (31) rounded out the four-team field.

The Big Red returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Wooster, Ohio for the Fighting Scots Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

NOTABLE: At Saturday's Denison Lid-Lifter, Wittenberg's Victor Banjo broke his own Mitchell Fieldhouse record in the 60-meter dash (6.91).