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Big Red splits squad between Kenyon and KSU

Kate Benson won the 3,000-meter run at the Kenyon Classic on Saturday.
Kate Benson won the 3,000-meter run at the Kenyon Classic on Saturday.

The Denison women's track and field team competed in split squad action on Saturday as its athletes went to both Kenyon College and Kent State University.

At the Kent State Tune-Up, the Big Red recorded six personal-best marks.  Sophomore Aedin Brennan had two top-5 finishes and two PR performances.  Brennan broke her own school record in the triple jump on Saturday with a combined leap of 36'11.50".  That mark landed her in third place and surpassed the previous school record by two and a half inches.  The sophomore also finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 16'11.50".  Brennan's second personal record came in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles where she ran a 9.71.

After winning her preliminary heat of the 60-meter dash, senior Tiffany Davis finished fourth in the finals of the 60 dash.  Davis, who was the only Division III runner in the finals, completed the race with a season-best time of 7.84.  Senior Olivia Galano and junior Abbi Boss both had personal-best performances in the 5,000-meter event. Galano took fourth overall with a time of 17:43.52, while Boss' time of 18:44.76 landed her in 17th place.  The senior improved her time by 9.25 seconds, while the junior shaved more than 10 seconds off her previous top time. Of the nine Division III athletes in the race, Galano and Boss finished second and third, respectively.

Other personal-best performances came from freshman Anne Lee and sophomore Kiki Yewer.  Lee took 13th in the triple jump with a leap of 34'9.50", which was a 6.50 inch improvement from her previous top mark.  She is now second on the school's top performers list, trailing Brennan by just over two feet. 

Yewer posted a time of 27.02 in the 200-meter dash, shaving 13 hundredths of a second off her top time.  With her performance on Saturday, the sophomore moved from sixth to fourth on the DU's top performers list.  Sophomore Emily Lamm also posted a strong finish in the 3,000-meter run.  Lamm completed the race in 10:48.06.

At the Kenyon Classic, Denison finished sixth in the team standings with 17 points.  Sophomore Kate Benson paced the scoring with a victory in the 3,000-meter event.  Benson won the race with a time of 11:27.47.  Finishing fourth behind Benson was fellow sophomore Gwen Gunter.  Gunter crossed the line in 11:33.46.  Other scoring came from Marina Townsend and Rebecca Fritch.  Townsend finished tied for fourth in the high jump after clearing 4'7.75", while Fritch's personal-best toss of 35'10.50" in the weight throw landed her in fifth place.  The sophomore improved her personal record by 2'4.50".

DU will host its annual Last Chance Meet on Friday as a final tune-up for the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship, which will also take place in Granville.  Friday's events at the Mitchell Fieldhouse will begin at 5 p.m.