The Big Red women's track and field team won three event titles and posted 12 top-3 performances en route to a second-place finish at the Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday in Wooster, Ohio.
Clinging to a two-point lead through 15 events, Denison knew that the team championship at Wooster would come down to the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay. However, Wittenberg, who trailed the Big Red in the team standings heading into the event, won the final race with a time of 4:10.43. The four point differential moved the Tigers ahead of Denison in the final standings.
The Big Red built its lead on the strength of three event titles and 11 other top-3 performances. Denison's best event of the day was the 5,000-meter run where they racked up 29 points and placed five runners in the top six. Senior Emily Lamm paced the field with a time of 18:00.36, which moved her into fourth on the school's top performers list. Freshman Alyssa Bahel, senior Kate Benson and freshman Anna Fash finished right behind Lamm in second, third and fourth, respectively. Bahel crossed the line in 19:12.74, two hundredths of a second ahead of Benson, while Fash clocked in at 19:16.07. Rounding out the scoring in the event was senior Lindsey Studebaker who placed sixth with a time of 20:04.96.
Denison's other two victories came in the 4x200 relay and the triple jump. The foursome of Aedin Brennan, Macy Diaz, Kalani Rose and Ajai Brooks combined for a winning time of 1:47.18. That time ranks as the eighth fastest 4x200 time in school history. The same grouping of athletes took third in the 4x400 with a time of 4:13.82. Brennan also won the triple jump with a combined leap of 37'7.25". Junior Anne Lee took fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 33'0.25". Lee also placed sixth in the long jump (15'3.50").
In addition to her victories in the 4x200 and triple jump, Brennan took second in the high jump after successfully clearing 5'3", a new PR for the senior. Matching that mark was sophomore Hannah Hall who placed third in the event. Brooks and sophomore Phoebe Osterhout posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the 60-meter dash and 800, respectively. Brooks turned in a PR time of 8.02, while Osterhout crossed the finish line in 2:34.03. Osterhout also placed third in the mile run (5:48.56), while freshman Caroline Goldberg was sixth in the event with a time of 6:07.21.
Rounding out the scoring were junior Claire Barcelo, sophomores Jessica Nix and Arlesha Cospy, and freshman Mackenzie Mason. Barcelo was fifth in the 3,000-meter run after clocking in at 12:16.08, while Nix took sixth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 10.69. One week after breaking the school record in the weight throw, Cospy took third in the event with a mark of 37'8". Mason finished fourth in the pole vault after successfully clearing 7'6.50".
Wittenberg captured the team title with 115 points, while Denison was second with 110. Oberlin took third with 98 points, while the host Scots (88) and Kenyon (80) rounded out the team standings.
The Big Red returns to action when they host both the Bob Shannon Invitational and the All-Ohio Combined Events Championship next weekend (Feb. 6-7).