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Big Red finishes third at Wooster

Ryan Keller won the 800 at the Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday.
Ryan Keller won the 800 at the Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday.

Behind two event titles and 18 scoring performances, the Denison men's track & field team posted a third-place finish at the annual Fighting Scots Invitational hosted by the College of Wooster on Saturday.

Sophomores Ryan Keller and Wallace Branche proved the Big Red with their two victories. Keller captured the 800-meter crown with a time of 2:03.18. Crossing the line three-tenths of a second later was Zach Cove who landed in third place. Branche's event title came in the triple jump where he recorded a combined leap of 44'8.75".

Sophomore Quenton Richards posted three top-4 finishes, highlighted by a runner-up performance in the 60-meter dash.  Richards crossed the finish line in 7.11.  The sophomore also took third in the 200 (24.23) and was fourth in the high jump after clearing 5'8.75. Freshman distance runner Jake Dennie finished second in the 5,000 after clocking in at 15:31.30.  Trailing Dennie in sixth place was sophomore Sam Beech who clocked in at 15:55.90. Jon Brachna and Luke Romick finished 5-6 in the 400-meter dash with times of 54.41 and 55.34, respectively.

In the field events, freshman Edward Bailey III finished in the top-4 in three events.  Bailey placed second in the high jump after clearing 5'10.00". He was also third in the long jump (19'1.50") and fourth in the triple jump (38'2.75").  In the shot put, senior John Bute took second with a heave of 42'0.75", while Andy Shaw's toss of 41'5.00" landed him in third place. Bute also recorded a fourth-place performance in the weight throw (38'3.25").

The 4x200 relay team of Richards, Romick, Ethan George and Brachna took fourth after crossing the line in 1:35.75. In the 4x400 event, Brachna, George, Romick and Ivan Hall combined for a time of 3:45.43 en route to a seventh-place finish.

Wittenberg captured the team title with 125 points, while Wooster finished second with 106 tallies.  Denison recorded 98 points, while Allegheny (93) and Kenyon (57) rounded out the five-team field.

Denison returns home next Saturday when they host the first-ever Bob Shannon Invitational at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville. In addition to the Bob Shannon Invite, Denison will also host the All-Ohio Combined Events Championship next weekend (Feb. 8-9).