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Denison finishes fourth at NCACs

Aedin Brennan (center) was named NCAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after compiling 43 points at the 2015 NCAC Indoor Championship.
Aedin Brennan (center) was named NCAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after compiling 43 points at the 2015 NCAC Indoor Championship.

After two days of competition, the Denison women's track & field team totaled 74.5 points en route to a fourth-place finish at the annual North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship held at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

At the conclusion of Saturday's events, junior Aedin Brennan was named NCAC women's indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive year. Brennan captured three event titles and four All-NCAC honors over the course of the championship event.

Having already compiled 21 points entering the final day of the meet, Brennan continued to lead the Big Red on Saturday afternoon. The three-time All-American opened the day by successfully defending her NCAC indoor long jump title. Brennan won the event with a school-record leap of 18'1.50". That mark bested her previous personal record, set last week at the NCAC Combined Events Championship, by 3.75".

Brennan also helped the DU cause on the track. She scored eight points after finishing runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.24. Brennan also ran the lead leg of both relays that provided points for the Big Red. Brennan teamed with Olivia Ireland, Grace Murray and Phoebe Osterhout to post top-8 performances in both the 4x400 and 4x200 relays. The foursome placed sixth in the 4x400 (4:09.24) and finished eighth in the 4x200 (1:50.60).

Denison's other victory on Saturday came in the high jump where freshman Hannah Hall captured the first conference title of her young career. Hall won the event after clearing 5'4.25", two inches ahead of second-place Celia Kauth from DePauw. The freshman's mark was 0.75" shy of her school-record set earlier this year.

The Big Red also had success in the pole vault where freshman Allison Pineault and senior Kristen Geary both finished in the top-6. Pineault successfully cleared 9'7" to place fourth, while Geary's mark of 9'1" landed her in a tie for sixth. In all, the duo combined for 7.5 points. Geary also recorded a personal-best time in the 3,000-meter run after completing the race in 11:38.80.

Ohio Wesleyan won its ninth-consecutive title after matching last year's point total of 193.5. Oberlin was second with 125 points, while Allegheny took third with 110. Denison, Wittenberg (57.50), Wooster (56.50), DePauw (56) and Kenyon (28) rounded out the team standings.