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Men’s Track & Field lands in 3rd place at Wooster

Jake Coplin  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Jake Coplin | Photo by Jace Delgado

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Denison men's track and field posted three, first place finishes on their way to a third-place finish at the 2019 Fighting Scots Invitational hosted on Saturday at the College of Wooster. Totaling 93 team points for the day, the Big Red finished 18 points behind second-place Wittenberg and five points ahead of fourth place Earlham. Wooster won the invite with a team score of 166.

Leading the way for Denison on both sides of competition was junior Jake Coplin. In the long jump, Coplin finished with an event-best distance of 20'10.75" (6.37 meters) to place first overall. He was followed by James Dixie in sixth place at 19'3.50" (5.88 meters) and Alex Chin in 10th place (18'7.25" - 5.67 meters).

Coplin also found success on the track when he joined Chin, Ryan Fleming, and Jack Ruddy in the 4X200 meter relay to finish second overall with a final time of 1:36.34. In the 60 meter dash, Coplin logged a 12th place finish when he clocked in with a new personal record of 7.50. Ruddy trailed by .08 seconds to finish in 13th (7.58) and Chin landed in 21st at 7.74.

Denison's two remaining first-place finishes came in the field events when Fleming reached a maximum height of 6'2.25" (1.89 meters) in the high jump, while freshman Blake Brown posted an event-best mark of 9'0.25" in the pole vault.

In the weight throw event, junior Bryce Stricker executed a throw of 52'1.75" (15.89 meters) to finish second overall. In sixth place, fellow junior Austin McManus followed with a new PR of 45'3" (13.79 meters), ranking him with the second-best personal record in program history behind Stricker. Also recording a personal best in the weight throw was Grant Balogh, who placed seventh overall with a 40'11.75" (12.49 meters).

On the track, Dixie led DU in the 60-meter hurdles with a fourth-place finish and a time of 9.40.

In the mile, the Big Red place four runners in the top 12, highlighted by freshman Keanan Ginell in fourth place with a final time of 4:48.31. Millan Henegar landed in sixth place after clocking in at 4:50.82, while Sam Bloodworth followed in eighth place (4:54.14) and Zackary Johnston logged a 12th place finish (5:08.71). Ginell and Johnston also competed in the 800-meter run with Ginell placing 15th at 2:16.20 and Johnston clocking in at 2:20.36 in 17th place.

Denison claimed a pair of third-place finishes in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs when junior Ben Foster placed third overall in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:41.40. In the 3,000, sophomore Adam Cromwell posted a new personal record of 9:26.47 to finish in third place, while Clayton Watters followed in fourth (9:28.32).

The competition was rounded out in the 4X400 meter relay when DU's Ruddy, Bloodworth, Henegar, and Fleming led the Big Red competitors to a second place finish with a final time of 3:36.29.

Denison will return to action next Saturday, February 2 when they host the Bob Shannon Invitational and the All-Ohio Combined Events Championship at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville.