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Denison places fifth at Bob Shannon

Lester Harris took 3rd in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 43'2.50
Lester Harris took 3rd in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 43'2.50".

The Denison men's track and field team scored 55.5 points en route to a fifth-place finish at the first-ever Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville.

Sophomore Wallace Branche picked up the Big Red's lone win with a victory in the triple jump.  Branche posted a personal-best performance and moved into fourth place on the team's top performers list with a combined leap of 45'6.25".  Finishing third behind Branche was freshman Lester Harris who posted a jump of 43'2.50".  Harris also recorded a personal record and moved into eighth on the school's top performers list.

Second-year sprinter Quenton Richards also racked up three top-4 performances on the day.  In the 60-meter dash, Richards shaved one thousandth of a second off his school record time.  The sophomore took second in the event with a time of 7.01.  He was also runner-up in the high jump (5'10") and placed fourth in the 200 dash with a personal-best time of 23.27.

Also scoring individually for DU were freshman Edward Bailey III and sophomore Riley Roselius.  Bailey was tied for fourth after clearing 5'8", while Roselius placed eighth after posted a mark of 9'2.25".  Denison also received two third-place finishes from its relay teams.  The Distance Medley Relay grouping of Ryan Keller, Ivan Hall, Zach Cove and Jake Dennie crossed in 10:46.88.  The team of Ethan George, Hall, Cove and Jon Brachna combined for a time of 3:36.00 in the 4x400 relay.

John Carroll captured the team title with 144 points, while Carnegie Mellon (125) and Ohio Wesleyan (112) took second and third, respectively.  Baldwin Wallace finished fourth with 91 points, while Denison, Wooster (43), Allegheny (42.5) and Kenyon (22) rounded out the eight-team field.

The Big Red returns to competition next Saturday at the All-Ohio Championship hosted by Otterbein University. Events are slated to begin at 11 a.m.