In her final North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Combined Events Championship, Denison senior Aedin Brennan became a four-time conference champion in the pentathlon after totaling an NCAC and Denison school record 3,686 points on Sunday afternoon in Delaware, Ohio.
Brennan opened the day by re-setting her own school record in the 60 hurdles after crossing the finish line in 9.18. That time earned her second in the event and was 14 hundredths of a second faster than her previous PR. The Denison senior maintained her second-place standing after finishing runner-up in both the high jump (5'2.25") and shot put (35'6.50").
Heading into the long jump, Brennan trailed her conference rival, fellow senior Hilary Coady of Wooster, by just 13 points. The Big Red senior erased that deficit and took the lead in the overall standings with a second-place showing in the long jump with a mark of 18'0.25". That leap earned Brennan 697 points, 85 more than Coady who took second in the event. Brennan secured her fourth NCAC pentathlon title and seventh overall NCAC combined events crown with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:23.82).
Big Red sophomore Jessica Nix also competed at the NCAC Combined Events Championship, finishing ninth with 2,304 points. Nix's day was highlighted by a seventh-place finish in the high jump after clearing 4'6". Her highest scoring event was the hurdles where she checked in at 10.61.
Brennan's total moved her into second place on the national list. It was also a 65-point improvement on her previous school record set at last year's NCAC Combined Events Championship. Second-place went to Coady who jumped to third place on the Division III list with 3,581 points. Wittenberg senior Rebecah Delp took third at 3,131 points followed by Wooster's Carolyn Webster (2,965) and Jordan Crow of Wittenberg (2,902). Rounding out the overall standings were OWU's Emily Brown (2,831) and Meaghan Teitelman (2,824) in sixth and seventh, respectively, Kenyon's Mary Lauletta (2,445) in eighth and Nix.
Wooster will enter next weekend's NCAC Indoor Championship meet with 13 points followed by Denison and Wittenberg with 10 tallies each. Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon round out the standings with five and one point, respectively. The 2015 NCAC Indoor Championship will be held at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.