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Stewart's victory paces DU at Kenyon Classic

Christa Meyers posted the 2nd-best multi-event performance in DU history.
Christa Meyers posted the 2nd-best multi-event performance in DU history.

Junior Alesha Stewart (Houma, La./La. School for Math, Science & Art) logged a first-place finish to pace the Denison University women's indoor track and field team at the Kenyon College Classic on Saturday afternoon in Gambier, Ohio.

Stewart won the 55-meter dash by four one-thousandths of a second (7.811) over Wooster's Stephanie McShane (7.815).  The Big Red's Dareon Stacker (New Orleans, La./New Orleans Charter Science & Math) finished third in the event with a time of 7.96, while rookie Rose Schrott (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) rounded out the top five with a time of 8.13.  Stewart and Stacker also took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash.  Stewart crossed the line at 28.45, while Stacker clocked in at 29.13.

Sophomore Beth Armitage (Vienna, Va./James Madison) finished runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:32.91, while senior Ellen Fugate (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) posted a time of 2:36.65 en route to a fifth-place finish.  Senior Kirby Mosenthal (Briarcliff, N.Y./Irvington) and second-year Anne McGinty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) took fourth (20:06.03) and fifth (20:19.41) in the 5,000-meter run, while sophomore Liz Arnold (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) logged a fifth-place finish in the 400 with a time of 1:06.70.  The team of Ani Mutafova (Canton, Ohio/Jackson), Arnold, Armitage and Ashley Putnam (North East, Pa./North East) took fourth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:39.44.

In the field events, senior Claire Navarro (Seal Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos) took second in the long jump with a leap of 14-07.00, while junior Ashlee Dickson (Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm) took third in the pole vault after clearing 8-06.25.  Junior Andrea Pion (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished fourth in the high jump with a mark of 4-09.00.

At the Ohio Wesleyan Pentathlon, rookie Christa Meyers (Portage, Ind./Hathaway Brown [Ohio]) posted the second-best multi-event performance in school history with 2,574 points.  Meyers' performance was bested on by Melanie Cluss, who placed second in the heptathlon at the 2004 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship.  The first-year's day was highlighted by a third-place finish in the 55-meter hurldes (9.22) and a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:45.58).  Georgie Strohmenger (Canton, Ohio/Hoover) finished in eighth place at the event.

Denison returns to competition on Friday (Feb. 25) when they host the Denison Last Chance Meet.