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Denison finishes 5th at NCAC meet

Chad Kosanovich finished runner-up in the 1500 and 5000 on Saturday.
Chad Kosanovich finished runner-up in the 1500 and 5000 on Saturday.

The Big Red men's track and field team closed out the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship with 62 points en route to securing fifth place in the team standings.

Denison posted five All-NCAC performances on Saturday afternoon in Gambier, Ohio.  Senior Chad Kosanovich and freshman Wallace Branche led the way with a trio of runner-up finishes.  Kosanovich took second in both the 1500 and 5000-meter events.  The senior ran a personal-best time of 3:54.06 in the 1500 and completed the 5000 in 15:12.05. Kosanovich completed his collegiate career as a four-time All-NCAC honoree in track and field after picking up four second-place finishes this season (two indoor; two outdoor).

In his first conference outdoor meet, Branche took second in the triple jump after recording a PR leap of 46'08.25".  Freshman Jordan Patterson also posted a pair of all-conference performances on Saturday.  The rookie sprinter took third in both the 100 and 200-meter events with times of 11.17 and 22.00, respectively.  Patterson's 200 time was a personal best and ranks ninth on the school's top performer's list.

Also helping the cause was first-year Quenton Richards.  Richards posted two top-8 performances on the final day of competition.  In the morning session, the freshman took seventh in the high jump after clearing 5'10".  He followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter dash after crossing the finish line in 11.20.

The rest of the DU scoring came from its two relay teams.  In the 4x100 race, the team of Patterson, Dimonde Hale, Ian Mulmat and Richards combined for a time of 42.78 en route to a fourth-place finish.  The foursome's time ranks sixth all time at Denison.  The 4x400 relay team of Hale, Mulmat Jon Brachna and Patterson also posted a top-5 finish.  The grouping collectively ran a 3:26.29 to land in fifth place.

Wabash won the event with 275.5 points, while Ohio Wesleyan finished second with 148.5 points.  Wittenberg took third (74), while Oberlin (68) and Denison made up the top five spots.