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Big Red place sixth at Kenyon meet

Chris Todd helped the Big Red log two top-3 performances on Saturday.
Chris Todd helped the Big Red log two top-3 performances on Saturday.

The Denison men's track and field team scored 67 points en route to a sixth-place performance at the Kenyon Spring Invitational held in Gambier, Ohio on Saturday.

Denison junior All-American Wallace Branche led the scoring with a victory in the triple jump. Branche finished with a combined leap of 47'0.25". Also scoring in the event was freshman Deven Shakya, who placed fifth with a mark of 38'6.25".

Junior Quenton Richards racked up 16 points in three events. Richards finished runner-up in the 100 dash (11.15) and was fifth in the 200 with a time of 22.97. The junior sprinter was also the lead leg of the fifth-place 4x100 relay team alongside Branche, Michael Bonebrake and Lucas Romick.

The Big Red had three third-place performances on the day. Sophomore Jake Dennie earned six points after clocking in at 4:08.46 in the 1,500-meter run. In the 800 run, Mitch Keller took home the bronze with a time of 1:58.03. Chris Todd finished right behind Keller in the event at 1:59.03.

The other third-place finish came in the 4x400 relay where Mitch Keller, Ryan Keller, Todd and Zach Munn combined for a time of 3:28.61. In addition to his participation in the 4x400 relay, Ryan Keller also ran the 400 hurdles for the first time this season. In his season debut, the Denison junior took fourth with a time of 1:00.08.

In the field events, Riley Roselius and Bryan Fowler combined for nine points. Roselius was fourth in the pole vault after successfully clearing 10'0", while Fowler placed fifth in the javelin with a mark of 146'6".

Otterrbein won the team title with 149 points, edging second-place Muskingum by 15.5 tallies. The North Coast Athletic Conference quartet of Wooster (101), Oberlin (96), Allegheny (75) and Denison followed, while Mount Vernon Nazarene (44) and the host Lords (43.50) rounded out the team standings.

Denison returns to action next Friday (April 24) when they host their annual home meet as a final tune-up for the NCAC Championship held at Ohio Wesleyan University on May 1-2.