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Women capture Denison Lid-Lifter title

Emily Lamm's victory in the 3,000-meter run helped DU win the Lid-Lifter.
Emily Lamm's victory in the 3,000-meter run helped DU win the Lid-Lifter.

The Big Red women's track & field team won nine of the 16 events en route to winning the Denison Lid-Lifter with a score of 245 points on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville.

Senior All-American and outdoor national champion Aedin Brennan paced the Big Red with three victories on the day, while classmate Kate Benson, sophomore Emily Grabauskas and freshman Ajai Brooks all had two wins.

Brennan swept the long and triple jump events with marks of 17'2" and 36'10.50", respectively. Junior Anne Lee finished right behind Brennan, taking second in the triple jump (33'6.50") and fourth in the long jump (15'4"). Brennan also teamed up with Benson, freshman Anna Fash and Grabauskas to win the distance medley relay with a time of 13:38.01. In addition to her three wins, the senior also placed second in the 60 hurdles (9.64) and shot put (36'0.75").

Sophomore Arlesha Cospy finished just ahead of Brennan in the shot put with a winning toss of 36'5.50". The sophomore also set a new school record in the weight throw with a mark of 41'2.25", besting the previous record set by senior teammate Rebecca Fritch who was third in the event with a PR toss of 39'7". Benson was one of three DU runners to score in the mile, setting the pace with a time of 5:37.35. Fash took second at 5:42.03, while sophomore Phoebe Osterhout was fifth after crossing the line in 5:55.65.

Grabauskas' first win of the day came in the 800 after breaking the tape in 2:32.20. Freshman Hannah Hitchcock (2:41.96) and junior Shelby Jude (2:45.03) occupied the third and fourth spots, while freshman Caroline Goldberg placed seventh in 2:47.51. Brooks swept the sprint events with wins in the 60 and 200-meter dashes. The freshman clocked in at 8.07 in the 60 and completed the 200 in 27.23. Also scoring in the 200 here freshmen Macy Diaz (29.50) and Kalani Rose (30.11) who took third and fifth, respectively. Diaz, Rose and junior Caroline Fontes also had top-6 performances in the 400-meter event. Diaz finished runner-up with a time of 1:05.46, while Rose was fourth (1:07.31) and Fontes placed sixth (1:10.37).

DU's final victory of the day came in the 3,000-meter run where the Big Red occupied six of the top-8 spots. Senior Emily Lamm won the race with a time of 10:31.26, which moved her into fifth on the school's top performer's list. She was followed by freshman Alyssa Bahel (11:15.45) and senior Lindsey Studebaker (11:37.62) who were second and third, respectively. Positions six through eight were held by juniors Claire Barcelo and Molly Korest, and senior Mollie Evans. Barcelo crossed the finish line in 12:08.54, while Korest checked in at 12:33.45. Evans rounded out the scoring with a time of 12:41.64.

Also providing points for the Big Red were freshman Mackenzie Mason with her second-place showing in the pole vault after clearing 8'. In addition to her third-place performance in the weight, Fritch also took fourth in the shot put (32'8.25"). Freshman Grace Zukowski took third in the high jump after clearing 4'7.75", while sophomore Jessica Nix paced fifth in the event with a mark of 4'4". Nix also took sixth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 10.77.

Rounding out the scoring were the runner-up 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. The 4x200 team of Brooks, Diaz, Rose and Grace Danis clocked in with a time of 1:56.57, while the grouping of Osterhout, Jude, Hitchcock and Goldberg completed the 4x400 relay in 4:43.33.

The Big Red won the event, toping second-place Thomas More (120) by 125 points. Carnegie Mellon took third with 92 points, while Wittenberg (48) and Ohio Christian (28) rounded out the team scoring.

Denison returns to action next weekend when they travel to Wooster, Ohio for the Fighting Scots Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.