WOOSTER, Ohio -- Led by James Dixie's conference championship in the long jump event, Denison men's track & field currently sits in fifth place at the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted at the Scot Center at the College of Wooster. Totaling 22 points after the first day of action, the Big Red are only three points behind fourth-place Wooster (25), and three points ahead of sixth place DePauw (19). Wabash College currently holds the lead for this year's NCAC title with 46 team points.
Denison's day started on a high note when Dixie placed first overall in the long jump event on a new personal record of 21'11" (6.68 meters). Not only did he beat his previous best by 10.25", but he also moved up to sixth all-time on DU's top-ten list of personal records. This marks Dixie's first NCAC event championship and is his second All-NCAC performance in less than a week following his third-place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAC Combined Events Championship in Gambier last Sunday. Junior Jake Coplin finished 10th overall on a leap of 20'7" (6.27 meters), while Alex Chin followed with a PR of 19'10.25" (6.05 meters).
On the track, the Big Red received additional scoring in the 5,000-meter run after sophomore Adam Cromwell finished eighth overall with a new personal best time of 15:43.41, beating his previous best by more than 12 seconds. Jack Marchetti followed in 13th on a PR of 16:06.96, and freshman Keanan Ginell placed 17th with a 16:27.84.
In the preliminary events, Denison earned a pair of qualifiers for Saturday's finals, highlighted by Ben Foster's third-place seeding in the 800-meter run following the event's third-best qualifying time of 2:00.48. Freshman Millan Henegar finished the event in 12th after clocking in at 2:05.33.
The second qualifier came from Coplin in the 200-meter dash where he finished with the seventh-best time of 22.97, a new personal record, to earn his spot in Saturday's final. Freshman Esteban Sainz also competed for Denison and placed 20th on a PR time of 24.58.
In the 60 meter dash, Coplin added his second PR of the day and placed 14th at 7.27. Chin finished in 19th after logging a 7.74.
Also competing in prelims was Dixie who placed 12th overall in the 60-meter hurdles on a time of 9.20 and Ruddy in the 400-meter dash with a final mark of 52.88 in 13th place.
The Big Red will return to the Scot Center on Saturday for the final day of action at the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. while the finals for the running events will follow at 2:15 p.m.