GAMBIER, Ohio – Thanks to a pair of all-conference finishes from juniors Ryan Fleming and Ben Foster, Denison men's track & field finished in sixth place on Saturday afternoon at the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Totaling 63.50 points for the weekend, the Big Red trailed fifth-place DePauw by 22.50 points (86) and finished 16 points ahead of Allegheny in seventh (47.50). Wabash took home the conference title for the second time in three years with 209 points.
Foster claimed Denison's first All-NCAC honor of the day in the 1,500-meter run when he placed third overall on a time of 3:58.90. Fellow junior Kenny Connelly finished the event in 17th place after clocking in at 4:30.98. Foster also added another top-10 performance in the 5,000-meter run when he placed eighth overall on a new personal best time of 15:23.95. Sophomore Adam Cromwell followed in 12th place at 15:46.31 and Jack Marchetti took 14th (15:50.89).
For Fleming, he earned his All-NCAC accolade in the high jump when he reached a maximum height of 6'3.25" (1.91 meters) to finish in third place.
The Big Red added five more top-10 finishes in the field events on Saturday, including two each in the long jump and hammer throw. In the long jump, junior James Dixie led the charge with a sixth-place finish on a leap of 20'10.75" (6.37 meters). Jake Coplin followed in ninth place on a mark of 20'6.50" (6.26 meters) and Alex Chin finished in 18th (19'3.50").
In the hammer throw, Bryce Stricker took fourth place after reaching a final distance of 155'6" (47.40 meters). Austin McManus followed in 10th place on a throw of 137'8" (41.97 meters) and Grant Balogh finished 15th overall at 126'4" (38.52 meters). Stricker also competed in the shot put where he placed sixth overall on a mark of 44'11" (13.69 meters).
In the 800-meter run, senior Niall Clancey put his Friday qualifier to good use when he logged a time of 1:57.13 to place fourth overall in the event.
The Big Red also took part in the 4X100 meter relay when Coplin, Chin, Bloodworth, and Seven Lindsey teamed up to place eighth overall at 43.87.
Denison will turn their attention to next Friday, May 10 when they compete at the Harrison Dillard Twilight meet hosted at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.