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Denison completes opening day at NCAC Championship

Kristen Geary took 8th in the pole vault at the NCAC Championship on Friday.
Kristen Geary took 8th in the pole vault at the NCAC Championship on Friday.

The Big Red women's indoor track and field team completed the first day of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship on Friday.  After one day, DU sits in eighth place.

In Friday's finals, first-year Kristen Geary finished eighth in the pole vault after clearing 9-02.25.  Right behind Geary was senior Ashlee Dickson, who cleared the same height but placed ninth via tiebreaker.  Sophomore Olivia Galano took 14th in the 5,000-meter run on Friday afternoon.  Galano completed the race in 19:42.69.

Big Red sophomore Tiffany Davis dominated the sprinting events on Friday.  In the 60-meter dash, Davis won the prelims with a time of 7.88.  Less than an hour later, the sophomore sprinter broke the meet's 10-year old record in the 200-meter dash.  Davis' time of 25.63 broke former Denison standout Jackie Berner's NCAC record of 25.82 set in 2002.  Additionally, sophomore Rose Schrott finished 14th (8.53) and 15th (29.16) in the 60 and 200 events, respectively.

In the 800-meter run, senior Ani Mutafova qualified for the finals with a seventh-place finish in the prelims.  Mutafova finished the race in 2:24.86 to punch her ticket to Saturday's final.  Trailing the senior was sophomore Emily Siskind.  Siskind's time of 2:27.09 landed her in 12th place overall.

The 2012 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships will conclude on Saturday in Crawfordsville, Ind.  Field events are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., while running events are scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.