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Big Red takes 5th at second home meet

Arlesha Cospy's PR performance won the shot put at the Bob Shannon Invite.
Arlesha Cospy's PR performance won the shot put at the Bob Shannon Invite.

Denison finished the second annual Bob Shannon Invitational in fifth place after scoring 47 points on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville, Ohio.

The Big Red collected a pair of victories in their fifth-place performance. DU freshman Arlesha Cospy posted the squads first win of the day after besting 25 other athletes in the shot put. Cospy won the event with her second throw of the finals that traveled 39'9.25". That mark was a personal-best for the rookie and was almost eight inches farther than second place Megan Gentile from Ohio Wesleyan.

The other Denison victory came in the distance medley relay where Kate Benson, Olivia Ireland, Phoebe Osterhout and Abbi Boss battled back to cross the finish line ahead of Kenyon's foursome. Trailing the Ladies heading into the anchor leg, Boss steadily closed the gap eventually passing Kenyon's Ellen Corcoran. The senior crossed the line in 13:12.54, over 25 seconds ahead of Corcoran.

In addition to their performance in the DMR, Boss and Benson also scored points in the 800-meter event. Boss finished third overall and second among attached runners with a time of 2:27.48, while Benson's ninth-place finish (2:31.12) earned the DU two points. Ireland and Osterhout made up two-fourths of Denison's fourth-place 4x400 relay team along with sophomore Claire Barcelo and senior Jillian Reagan. The Big Red grouping finished the race in 4:40.51. Barcelo also garnered a point with a 10th-place performance in the mile after clocking in at 6:05.96.

Including Cospy's 10 points in the shot put, Denison scored a 21 tallies in field events. Sophomore Anne Lee was responsible for nine of the remaining 11 points in both the long and triple jumps. Lee was third in the triple jump with a combined leap of 33'4", while her mark of 15'7.75" in the long jump landed her in sixth place. The final two points came in the pole vault where senior Kristen Geary took seventh after successfully clearing 9'0.25".

Ohio Wesleyan won the team title with 193 points, while Carnegie Mellon was second with 93. Wooster placed third with 67, while Baldwin Wallace (65) and Denison rounded out the top five in the 10-team field.

The Big Red will have three athletes compete in Sunday's All-Ohio Pentathlon held at Denison's Mitchell Fieldhouse. The DU trio of Aedin Brennan, Jessica Nix and Hannah Hall will begin competition at 12 p.m.