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DU places 7th at NCAC Championship

Quenton Richard earned All-NCAC honors in the 60-meter dash.
Quenton Richard earned All-NCAC honors in the 60-meter dash.

After two days of competition, the Denison Big Red finished in seventh place at the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship at the Mitchell Fieldhouse on Saturday in Granville.

For the fourth-consecutive season, the Wabash Little Giants captured the team title with 256 points. Ohio Wesleyan finished second with 142 points, while Allegheny took third with 63 tallies.  Wittenberg emerged with 49 points to grab fourth place, while Oberlin (47), DePauw (46) and Denison (43) occupied spots five through seven.  Wooster and Kenyon rounded out the team standings with 31 and 25 points, respectively.

Sophomore Quenton Richards picked up four top-10 finishes on Saturday, helping DU score in three of those events.  After opening the day by just missing points in the high jump with a ninth-place finish, the sophomore helped the 4x200 relay team take seventh in the first running event of the afternoon.  The foursome of Richards, Michael Bonebrake, Ian Mulmat and Jon Brachna completed the race in 1:35.94.

Almost an hour and a half later, Richards returned to the track in hopes of earning all-conference honors in the 60-meter dash.  After finishing fourth in the prelims with a time of 7.04, the DU sprinter achieved his goal with a school-record time of 6.99 that landed him in third place.  Richards set the previous school mark of 7.01 at the first-ever Bob Shannon Invitational on Feb. 8.  The sophomore was edged out of second by Ohio Wesleyan's Colin McShane who crossed the line in 6.98 seconds.

Twenty minutes after his all-conference performance in the 60, Richards returned to the mondo rubber surface for the 200-meter dash.  Entering the finals as the seven seed, the sophomore logged another spectacular performance as he took home fourth with a time of 23.08.

In the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay team of Brachna, Zach Cove, and Ryan and Mitch Keller finished second in their heat and sixth overall after crossing the line in 3:32.62.  Ohio Wesleyan won the event with a time of 3:23.17.