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DU sit third at NCACs behind two wins

The quartet of (L-R) Kalani Rose, Kate Benson, Emily Grabauskas and Phoebe Osterhout
The quartet of (L-R) Kalani Rose, Kate Benson, Emily Grabauskas and Phoebe Osterhout

The Denison women's track and field team sits in third place with 46 points after the opening day of the 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship held at the Barrett A. Toan Track in Gambier, Ohio.

Denison senior Aedin Brennan opened the scoring by breaking the nine-year old conference triple jump record. In 2007, Allegheny's Emily Pfeufer posted a mark of 37'9.50". On Friday night, Brennan surpassed that mark by two inches (37'11.50") en route to capturing her 11th NCAC Indoor title. The senior achieved the record-breaking mark with her second attempt of the finals. Junior Anne Lee also scored in the event, finishing eighth with a combined jump of 33'1.75".

The Big Red's other victory came in the final event of the night, the distance medley relay. The DU quartet of senior Kate Benson, freshman Kalani Rose, and sophomore Phoebe Osterhout and Emily Grabauskas combined for a winning time of 12:49.15, which was almost eight seconds faster than the second-place time.

Also scoring for the Big Red was sophomore Hannah Hall who finished runner-up in the high jump after losing a jump off to Wooster freshman Carolyn Webster. Both athletes officially cleared 5'5", which matched Hall's school-record mark. Hall's classmate Arlesha Cospy took fifth in the weight throw with a school-record toss of 49'3", re-setting her own mark by 8'0.75". DU's final points came in the 5,000-meter run where freshman Alyssa Bahel and senior Lindsey Studebaker finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Bahel clocked in at 19:02.36, while Studebaker checked in with a time of 19:26.71.

In preliminary action on Friday, freshman Ajai Brooks qualified for Saturday's finals in both the 60 and 200-meter events. Brooks won the 200 with a personal-best time of 25.38. The freshman sprinter also PRed in the 60 with a time of 7.88, which landed her second in the prelims. Brooks' 60-meter time was just eight hundredths of a second shy of the school record set in 2014 by Tiffany Davis. Brennan also qualified for the finals of the 400 after placing fourth with a time of 1:00.19.

Ohio Wesleyan leads the eight-team field with 62 points, while Oberlin sits second with 58.50 tallies. Denison is third, while Wooster (36.50), Allegheny (20), DePauw (19), Wittenberg (17) and Kenyon (13) round out the team standings.

The Big Red will close out the 2016 NCAC Indoor meet on Saturday in Gambier, Ohio. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while running events are slated to begin at 2:15 p.m.