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Brennan wins third NCAC pentathlon

Aedin Brennan set a school and NCAC record with 3,573 points at the NCAC Combined Events Championship held at Oberlin College on Sunday afternoon.
Aedin Brennan set a school and NCAC record with 3,573 points at the NCAC Combined Events Championship held at Oberlin College on Sunday afternoon.

Denison junior All-American Aedin Brennan continued her dominance at the North Coast Athletic Conference Combined Events on Sunday afternoon in Oberlin, Ohio. Brennan won her third-straight conference pentathlon championship after posting a conference and school-record score of 3,573. Freshman Jessica Nix also helped the Big Red heading into next weekend's NCAC Indoor Championship with an eighth-place finish which added another point to DU's team total.

On the day, Brennan had four personal-record performances which included three school records and one conference mark. The junior's day started with the 60-meter hurdles where she re-set her own school record. Brennan won her heat and finished her second overall after breaking the tape in 9.44, which bested her previous PR time by three hundredths of a second. In the high jump, the three-time All-American successfully cleared 5'2.5" to finish second in the event. That mark was also a 0.75" improvement on her previous PR. Brennan made a big push in the shot put as she turned a 47-point differential into just a four-point deficit with two events remaining. The junior won the shot put with a toss of 34'5".

Brennan finally took over the lead in the long jump with her third PR and second school record of the day. The third-year athlete won the event with a leap of 17'9.75", besting her school record by 2.75". In addition to re-setting her record in the long jump, Brennan also turned a four-point deficit into a 138-point lead with only the 800-meter run left. In the final event, the junior finished runner-up after crossing the line in 2:22.73.

Nix, competing in her first NCAC pentathlon, placed eighth in the 12-athlete field after scoring 2,406 points. The freshman's highest point total came in the 60-meter hurdles where she finished in 10.30. Her highest finish was in the next event, the high jump, where she took eighth after clearing 4'7.5". Following a 10th-place finish in the shot put (24'2.5"), Nix (pictured left) found herself 78 points out of eighth place with two events to go. The freshman quickly made up the difference with a mark of 14'1.75" in the long jump. That performance earned her 381 points and helped Nix jump both Amanda Nunley of DePauw and Lisa Carle from Oberlin.

Holding on to eighth by just four points, Nix needed a strong performance in the 800-meter run to keep her position. The freshman would finish 10th in the event, but her time of 2:47.88 was good enough to maintain eighth in the final standings with 2,406 points.

Trailing Brennan in the overall standings were fellow juniors Hilary Coady of Wooster and Rebecah Delp from Wittenberg. Coady finished second with 3,364 points, while Delp's 3,219 tallies landed her in third. Freshman Meaghan Teitelman placed fourth with 2,809 points, while another junior, Emma Levant of Kenyon, rounded out the top five with 2,790. Wittenberg's Jordan Crow (2,734) and Ohio Wesleyan's Hallie Sinko (2,561) also earned points for their respective teams.

Denison will enter next weekend's NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship with 11 points, two tallies ahead of Wittenberg. Wooster will carry eight points into the two-day event, while Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon will start next weekend's event with seven and four points, respectively. The 2015 NCAC Indoor Championship will be held at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.