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Brennan leads trio in pentathlon

Aedin Brennan
Aedin Brennan

Denison junior Aedin Brennan compiled 3,320 points and finished second overall thanks to five top-5 performances at the All-Ohio Combined Events held at the Mitchell Fieldhouse on the campus of Denison University.

Following a pair of fifth-place performances in both the 60 hurdles (9.69) and high jump (5'0.25"), Brennan vaulted from fifth to second after winning the shot put with a toss of 35'9.25" in her very first attempt. That heave garnered the junior All-American 589 points, which closed the gap with last year's champion Melanie Winters of Baldwin Wallace.

Brennan remained in second place by just 13 points after finishing third in the long jump behind Winters and Wittenberg's Rebecah Delp. Brennan finished with a mark of 16'5.25", while Delp's leap of 16'10.75" moved her from fourth to third in the overall standings heading into the final event. In the final event, the 800-meter run, Brennan edged out North Coast Athletic Conference rival Hilary Coady of Wooster by two hundredths of a second in the final heat of the event. The DU junior broke the tape in 2:26.07 to finish runner-up in the All-Ohio pentathlon.

Also competing in the event were Denison freshmen Jessica Nix and Hannah Hall. Nix finished 14th overall with a score of 2,290 points. Nix's (left) best performance came in the shot put where she finished ninth with a toss of 24'11.75". She was also tied for 11th in the high jump (4'8.75"), 12th in the 60 hurdles (10.34) and 14th in both the long jump (13'8.25") and 800 (3:00.12).

Hall's highlight of the day came in the high jump where she finished tied for second after successfully clearing 5'1.25". The freshman (right) finished the day in 15th place with 2,092 points.

Winters claimed her second-straight All-Ohio pentathlon title after compiling a Mitchell Fieldhouse record 3,589 points, which topped her previous mark set at last year's event. Coady finished third with 3,201, while Delp (3,100) and Ohio Wesleyan's Emily Brown (2,840) rounded out the top five.

The Big Red returns to action next weekend at the All-Ohio Championship hosted by Otterbein University. Events in Westerville, Ohio are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.