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DU takes 3rd at NCAC Championship

NCAC Executive Director, Keri Luchowski, presents Tiffany Davis with her NCAC Sprinter of the Year award.
NCAC Executive Director, Keri Luchowski, presents Tiffany Davis with her NCAC Sprinter of the Year award.

Denison finished in third-place at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by The College of Wooster.  The third-place finish marked a five spot improvement over last year's eighth place showing at the annual indoor championship.

DU was once again led by junior Tiffany Davis, who repeated as the conference's Sprinter/Hurdler of the Year.  She won the 60 meter dash in 7.88 seconds and took first in the 200 meter dash in 25.69.  She also ran the anchor leg on the Big Red's third-place 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay. Davis is the second DU runner to earn consecutive NCAC Sprinter/Hurdler of the Year honors and the first since Jackie Berner '03 accomplished the feat in 2002 and 2003.

Another key factor in Denison's rise up the standings has been the addition of first-year Aedin Brennan.  One week removed from capturing the NCAC heptathlon championship, Brennan won the 400 meter dash in 59.22 seconds.  She also placed third in the long jump on Saturday with a distance of 16'11.25".  Brennan also joined Davis on the third-place 4x200 relay along with Kiki Yewer and Beth Armitage.  In the 4x400 relay, Brennan handed off to Davis after Yewer and Emily Lamm helped the Big Red post a time of 4:09.00.

Lamm also put up some points for Denison after her pair of sixth-place finishes in the 800 meter run and the mile.  In the 800, Lamm crossed the finish line in 2:25.49.  She ran the mile in 5:20.21.  Yewer also placed seventh in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.42.

In the women's distance medley relay, the foursome of Katelyn Benson, Armitage, Ashley Bartreau, and Olivia Galano placed sixth in 13:14.65.  Senior Michelle Clark completed the 3,000-meter event in 10:42.97 en route to a sixth-place finish.

Denison's team finish is their highest since placing third in 2006.  The Big Red totaled 88 points over the course of the two-day meet.  They finished 15 points in front of fourth-place DePauw.  Ohio Wesleyan was the team champ with 195 points and Oberlin took second with 168 points.