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Big Red victorious in annual lid-lifter

Gwen Gunter (6) and Claire Barcelo helped DU take all the points in the 3K.
Gwen Gunter (6) and Claire Barcelo helped DU take all the points in the 3K.

The Big Red women's track and field team captured seven event titles en route to winning the annual Denison Lid-Lifter on Saturday afternoon in Granville.  DU totaled 62 points, edging second-place Otterbein by 12 tallies.

Seniors Tiffany Davis and Olivia Galano, and sophomore Aedin Brennan combined for five individual victories.  Davis, a four-time NCAC Sprinter of the Year, won both the 60 and 200-meter dash events with times of 8.07 and 26.08, respectively.  Finishing in fourth in both events was sophomore Kiki Yewer who clocked in at 8.40 (60 dash) and 28.24 (200 dash).

Galano lead a quartet of Big Red runners in the 3,000-meter run.  The senior distance runner completed the race in 10:22.23 which ranks her third on the school's top-performers list.  Trailing Galano were junior Abbi Boss, freshman Claire Barcelo and sophomore Gwen Gunter.  Boss crossed the finish line in 11:07.29, while Barcelo and Gunter recorded times of 11:37.57 and 11:38.15, respectively.  The DU foursome swept all the points in the event which helped the home team capture the team title.

Brennan was also a double winner, picking up victories in both the long and triple jumps.  Brennan won the long jump with a leap of 16-07.25, while her distance of 35-04.50 beat out the rest of the field in the triple jump.  Right behind Brennan was freshman Anne Lee who finished runner up in both events.  Lee logged a distance of 15-09.00 in the long jump and had a personal-best leap of 34-03.00 in the triple jump.

In addition to the five individual titles, Denison also won two of the three relay events.  The grouping of Yewer, Olivia Ireland, Davis and Brennan won the 4x200 with a time of 1:49.33.  In the distance medley relay, Emily Lamm, Kate Benson, Boss and Galano earned the victory with a combined time of 13:17.47.

Lamm also finished second in the mile after complete the race in 5:24.19, while sophomore Rebecca Fritch and junior Lauren Marino were second (29-10.75) and fourth (25-08.75) in the shot put.  Freshman Lauren Carr took fifth in the pole vault after clearing 8-00.00, while the 4x400 relay team of Yewer, Ireland, Davis and Brennan finished second with a time of 4:21.89.

Denson led the pack with 62 points, while Otterbein took second with 50 tallies.  Wittenberg and Muskingum rounded out the four-team field with 34 and 24 points, respectively.

The Big Red returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Wooster, Ohio for the Fighting Scots Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

NOTABLE: At Saturday's Denison Lid-Lifter, two Mitchell Fieldhouse records were set. Otterbein's Abbey Gray set the 60-meter hurdles record (9.20), while Muskingum's Tanisha Ford set a new facility record in the weight throw (54-01.25).