Brennan places 10th at NCAAs

Aedin Brennan finished 10th in the pentathlon at the NCAA Championship.
Aedin Brennan finished 10th in the pentathlon at the NCAA Championship.

Denison freshman Aedin Brennan finished 10th in the pentathlon on Friday afternoon at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship in Naperville, Ill.

Brennan entered Friday's pentathlon ranked 14th in all of Division III after compiling a North Coast Athletic Conference record 3,280 points two weeks ago at the NCAC pentathlon.  That point total led the rookie to her first conference title.   She also became the first DU athlete to win the NCAC pentathlon.

Brennan, the lone freshman in the 15-athlete field, posted personal-record performances in four of the five events.  The first-year opened the day by completing the 60-meter hurdles in 9.78.  Brennan quickly moved from 15th to 13th in the standings after finishing in a tie for fifth in the high jump.  The rookie cleared 5-01.75 en route to scoring 701 points, a 12 point improvement from two weeks ago.

In the shot put, she placed eighth with a toss of 32-07.00, a four inch improvement from the NCAC Pentathlon.  Brennan scored 525 points in the event and held on to 13th place through the first three events.  Brennan moved into the 12th spot in the standings after talomg ninth in the long jump.  Her leap of 16-05.00 earned her 559 points, moving her past both Kaari Jensen of Concordia-Moorhead and Tufts' Jana Hieber.

Heading into the final event of the day, the 800-meter run, Brennan was 113 points out of eighth place.  The first-year athlete took third in the 800 after clocking in at 2:23.63, 4.24 seconds faster than her time at the conference pentathlon.  Brennan's finish vaulted her into 10th place with 3,314 points, just three points away from ninth place and only 39 points shy of earning All-American status.

Janel Haggerty of Keene State won the event with 3,467 points, while Wisconsin-Stout's Jessika Smith (3,441) and Wisconsin-La Crosse's Jena Weigel (3,432) finished second and third, respectively.  Washington University's Anne Diaz-Arrastia placed fourth with 3,414 points, while Elizabeth Krug of Hendrix (3,387) rounded out the top five.

In a field that consisted of mostly upperclassmen (12 juniors and seniors), Brennan saw only one sophomore, Krug, finish in front of her in the overall standings.