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Big Red in third place at NCACs

Olivia Galano earned All-NCAC honors with a school-record time in the 5K.
Olivia Galano earned All-NCAC honors with a school-record time in the 5K.

After one day of competition at the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, the Denison women's team sits third in the team standings with 40 points.

Ohio Wesleyan leads the eight-team field with 62.5 points, while Oberlin holds a four-point lead over the third-place Big Red.  Allegheny is fourth (29), while Wittenberg and DePauw are tied for fifth with 16 tallies.  Rounding out the team standings are Wooster (13.5) and Kenyon (12).

Sophomore Aedin Brennan captured her third NCAC indoor title after winning the triple jump with school-record jump of 37'1".  Brennan's school record jump came in her first attempt of the day.  That mark bested her previous school record set on Feb. 22 by 1.50".  Also picking up five points was freshman Anne Lee.  Lee finished fourth with a combined jump of 34'00".

Also earning All-NCAC honors was Big Red senior Olivia Galano, who finished second in the 5,000-meter event.  Galano's time of 17:24.59 set a new school record by almost eight seconds, surpassing the time set by Katie Navarre in 2010 (17:32.44).  Junior Abbi Boss posted a personal-best time of 18:46.75, which was a 19 second improvement from her previous PR.  That performance landed Boss in 10th place in the final standings.

Junior Kristen Geary earned two points towards the team score with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault.  Geary cleared a season-best 9'8".  The Denison distance medley relay team of Galano, Olivia Ireland, Kate Benson and Boss took fourth to secure third place in the standings at the end of day one.  The Big Red foursome finished the race with a time of 12:48.45.

In the prelims, Brennan (pictured left) and two-time NCAC Indoor Sprinter of the Year Tiffany Davis qualified for competition on Saturday.  In the 400-meter dash, Brennan took second after winning her heat with a time of 59.48.  The sophomore's time was 26 hundredths of a second shy of her personal record.

Davis advanced to the finals of the 60 and 200-meter events on Saturday.  The senior sprinter tied her NCAC record in the 60 after crossing the finish line in 7.85.  In the 200 prelims, Davis broke her own Mitchell Fieldhouse record by one hundredth of a second after posting a time of 25.57.  Sophomore Kiki Yewer just missed qualifying for the 60-meter finals after clocking in at 8.24.  She was also 12th in the 200 with a time of 27.36.

The 2014 NCAC Indoor Championship concludes on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse at Denison University.  Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the running events will start at 2:30 p.m.