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Denison men place second at Bob Shannon Invite

Bryce Stricker  |  Photo by Curt Ashcraft
Bryce Stricker | Photo by Curt Ashcraft

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Highlighted by nine finishes in the top five, Denison men's track and field placed second overall out of 13 teams on Saturday afternoon at the annual Bob Shannon Invitational hosted by DU at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville. Totaling 68 team points, the Big Red finished 1.5 points ahead of third place Case Western (66.50) and 13 points in front of Ohio Wesleyan in fourth place (55). Carnegie Mellon secured the team championship with 189.50 team points.

Setting the stage for the Big Red on the track was junior Ben Foster who secured a pair of top-five finishes in the one mile and 800-meter runs. In the mile, Foster posted a new personal best time of 4:25.76 to place second overall and assert himself into the list of top 10 personal records in DU history. In the 800, Foster paced the Denison pack with a fifth-place finish and a final time of 2:03.24. He was followed by top 25 performances from Sam Bloodworth in 11th (2:04.42), Millan Henegar in 14th (2:06.18), and Adam Cromwell in 21st (2:09.18).

Denison also garnered success in the distance events from Keanan Ginell and Clayton Watters who placed second and third, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run after clocking in at 16:11.82 (Ginell) and 16:33.89 (Watters). Senior Jack Marchetti placed ninth overall in the 3,000-meter run with a final time of 9:28.94.

In the distance medley relay, Cromwell, Zackary Johnston, Kenny Connelly, and Calvin Riley teamed up to log a third-place finish with a time of 11:42.05.

In the field events, David Carter and Bryce Stricker finished with a pair of top 10 finishes for the Big Red, accumulating 15 team points between the four events. Carter's day started in the long jump with a 10th place finish and a maximum leap of 19'11" (6.07 meters). Junior Jake Coplin finished two spots behind Carter in 12th place with a distance of 19'9.50" (6.03 meters) and Alex Chin placed 21st overall (17'5.25"). Carter then recorded his best performance of the day in the triple jump event, placing third overall with a final mark of 43'7" (13.28 meters).

For Stricker, his best showing came in the weight throw where he logged a top throw of 50'11.50" (15.53 meters) to finish in second place. Grant Balogh followed in 20th with a distance of 36'9.75" (11.22 meters). In the shot put, Stricker stayed in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish on a launch of 44'3.50" (13.50 meters). Austin McManus finished 20th overall with a 35'7.25" (10.85 meters).

In the high jump, junior Ryan Fleming won the event with a maximum effort of 6'0.75" (1.85 meters). Denison received another top 10 from Blake Brown in the pole vault as he finished in 10th place with a mark of 9'0.25" (2.75 meters).

Fleming and Coplin also paired up with Otto Laakonen and Jack Ruddy in the 4X200 meter relay to place fourth overall with a time of 1:36.54.

In the hurdles, junior James Dixie finished the 60-meter hurdles in sixth place after clocking in at 9.36.

In the meet's final event of the day, Ruddy, Bloodworth, Henegar, and Foster combined for a total time of 3:40.94 in the 4X400 meter relay to place seventh overall.

The Big Red will return to action next Saturday, February 9 when they travel to Salem, Va. to compete in the Roanoke College DIII Challenge.