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Men excel at Big Red Invite

Dimonde Hale won the 400 meters and ran on the winning 4x400 relay.
Dimonde Hale won the 400 meters and ran on the winning 4x400 relay.

The Denison men competed at the unscored Big Red Invitational on Friday night, earning 13 top-3 finishes.

Senior Dimonde Hale led DU with a victory in the 400 meter dash in 50.38 seconds.  He would also team with Jon Brachna, Stephen Czujko, and Ian Mulmat to win the 4x400 relay in 3:27.57.

Freshman Quenton Richards won the high jump by clearing 6'2".  That's the best performance by a DU high jumper in three years.  Richards would also post a second-place finish among collegiate competitors in the 100 meter dash with his time of 11.29.

In the 800 meter run, Chad Kosanovich and Brachna pushed each other to a first and second place finish, respectively.  Kosanovich checked in with a time of 1:55.78 while Brachna logged a time of 1:56.67.

In the 200 meter dash, Jordan Patterson took third among college competitors with a time of 22.68 seconds.  In the 1,500 meter run, Mitch Keller placed third (4:07.98) and Jacob Ott took fourth (4:08.65).

Denison's Sam Beech would finish second in the 3,000 meter run in 9:10.16 while John Williamson was fourth in 9:20.65.

In field events, first-year Wallace Branche won the triple jump with a distance of 46'8".  That's a personal best for Branche in the event.  In the discus, sophomore Andy Shaw posted the fourth-best performance in school history with a distance of 146'5".  His previous best was 134'0".

Sophomore Kyle McNulty was second in the javelin with a throw of 141'4".  Teammate Ian Weijer was third in the event with a distance of 127'1".

Denison will return to action next weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship hosted by Kenyon College.