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Big Red closes out NCACs in 7th

Quenton Richards ran the anchor leg of the fourth-place 4x100 relay team.
Quenton Richards ran the anchor leg of the fourth-place 4x100 relay team.

The Denison men's track and field team capped off the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship meet in seventh place after accumulating 43 points over the course of the two-day event held at Piper Stadium in Granville.

On Saturday, the Big Red recorded five top-eight finishes out of the 12 events contested. Freshman David Carter opened the scoring on day two with a fourth-place showing in the long jump. Carter turned in a personal-best jump of 21'9", marking a 3.75" improvement on his PR coming into the weekend.

In the first running event of the day, the grouping of Carter, Michael Bonebrake, Lucas Romick and Quenton Richards combined for a time of 43.88 which landed them in fourth place in the 4x100 relay. For Romick and Richards, it marked the final race of the Big Red careers.

Another senior that closed out his collegiate career on his home track was Mitch Keller. Keller turned in the fourth fastest 800-meter time after crossing the line in 1:55.58. Keller's teammate Zach Cove took eighth in the event with a final time of 1:57.67. In the final men's race of the event, the grouping of Mitch and Ryan Keller, Cove and Zach Munn took fifth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:26.79.

In dramatic fashion, Ohio Wesleyan edged out Wabash for the team title by just one point thanks to their victory in the 4x400 relay. The Bishops finished with 210 points while Wabash accumulated 209. Wittenberg was third with 87 points followed by Oberlin (75), Allegheny (70), DePauw (63), Denison, Wooster (33) and Kenyon (27). With the win, Ohio Wesleyan snapped a string of five-straight NCAC outdoor titles by the Little Giants.