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Denison men place 7th at NCAC meet

Wallace Branche defended his outdoor triple jump title at the NCAC meet.
Wallace Branche defended his outdoor triple jump title at the NCAC meet.

The Big Red men's track and field team finished seventh at the 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship held at the George Gauthier Track in Delaware, Ohio.

Wabash won the team title after compiling 256.5 points, while the host Bishops were second with 193 tallies. DePauw was third with 80 points followed by Oberlin (66.5), Wittenberg (65), Allegheny (61), Denison (41), Wooster (30) and Kenyon (22).

DU junior Wallace Branche successfully defended his outdoor triple jump title on Saturday with a combined leap of 47'9.25". That mark came in his last jump of the finals and was over eight feet further than second-place Ahmed Abdel Halim of Ohio Wesleyan. Branche also jumped to 10th in Division III with his performance on Saturday.

In addition to his 10 points in the triple jump, Branche also helped add three tallies to the team score as a member of the 4x100 relay team. Branche along with Quenton Richards, Lucas Romick and Ian Mulmat finished sixth with a time of 43.63. The foursome's performance marked the eighth-fastest time in school history. Richards also picked up a point with his eighth-place showing in the 100-meter dash finals. The junior crossed the finish line in 10.99.

Junior Mitch Keller logged the second-best finish of the day with his runner-up performance in the 800-meter event. Keller crossed the line in a personal-best time of 1:55.54, which moved him into ninth place on the school's top performers' list. Also scoring in the 800 run was freshman Chris Todd who was sixth with a time of 1:58.40.

Over an hour after scoring in the 800, both Keller and Todd returned to run the 4x400-meter relay along with Mitch's twin brother, Ryan Keller, and Romick. The grouping posted a time of 3:26.53 which was good enough for sixth place.