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Big Red takes second at Lid-Lifter

Aedin Brennan won the long and triple jump events at the DU Lid Lifter.
Aedin Brennan won the long and triple jump events at the DU Lid Lifter.

Denison captured five event titles en route to a second-place finish at the Denison University Lid-Lifter on Saturday afternoon in Granville, Ohio.

Junior Tiffany Davis and first-year Aedin Brennan paced DU with two even titles apiece.  The reigning North Coast Athletic Conference Sprinter of the Year captured the 60-meter dash title after crossing the line in eight seconds flat.  Davis returned to win the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.29.

Brennan posted a pair of victories in the long and triple jumps.  The rookie opened the day with a leap of 16-07.00 in the long jump event.  After short break, Brennan returned to the pit to claim the triple jump title with a distance of 35-10.50.

In addition to Davis, first-year Kiki Yewer also scored in both the 60 and 200-meter events.  Yewer took third in the 200 with a time of 27.69, while her time of 8.41 in the 60 landed her in sixth place.

Denison also received major support from its distance runners.  Senior Michelle Clark, first-year Emily Lamm and sophomore Abbi Boss also scored points in the mile run.  Clark and Lamm finished two-three with times of 5:23.64 and 5:24.89, respectively, while Boss clocked in at 5:37.78 en route to a sixth-place finish.

In the 3,000-meter run, rookie Sarah McKendry took 2nd after completing the race in 11:24.16, while classmate Gwen Gunter placed sixth after logging a time of 11:31.51.  Senior Beth Armitage and first-year Wendy Geslewitz each posted top-5 finishes in the 800-meter event.  Armitage finished third with a time of 2:37.71, while Geslewitz's time of 2:39.65 landed her in fifth place.

In the field events, sophomore Kristen Geary cleared a personal best 10-00.00 in the pole vault.  That height ranks third on the school's top performers list.  In the throwing events, first-year Rebecca Fritch logged a pair of second-place finishes, while Lauren Marino finished fourth in both the shot put (26-10.00) and weight throw (27-08.25).  Fritch recorded tosses of 30-06.50 and 27-08.25 in the shot and weight throw, respectively.

The foursome of Boss, Brennan, Lamm and Clark captured DU's fifth title of the afternoon in the distance medley relay.  The group completed the event in 13:16.93.  The Big Red also earned top-4 finishes in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.  Yewer, Armitage, Kendra Epstein and Geary took third in the 4x200 (2:00.40), while Yewer, Armitage, Epstein and Gunter's time of 4:42.36 in the 4x400 landed them in fourth place.

Washington and Lee won the team title with 162 points, while DU finished with 131 points.  Carnegie Mellon took third (98) followed by Waynesburg (66) and Bethany (8).

Denison returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Fighting Scot Invitational hosted by The College of Wooster.  Events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.