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Brooks earns first All-American honor

Denison Track and Field Team Member

In her first appearance on the national stage, Denison freshman sprinter Ajai Brooks picked up her first All-American award after posting a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship held at the Bear Athletic Center in Grinnell, Iowa.

On Friday night, Brooks secured a spot in Saturday's final with a personal-record time of 25.30 which landed her second in her heat and seventh overall.

Running in the final heat on Saturday, the Big Red freshman was trailing the pack as the competitors made the final turn. However, a late spill by Bridgewater sophomore Amber Celen with roughly 10 meters to go opened the door for Brooks to move up one spot, resulting in a seventh-place finish in the final standings after clocking in at 25.82.

Washington University junior Daisy Ogede won the event with a facility record time of 24.80, while a quartet of seniors occupied spots two through five. Meg Heafy from Wisconsin-La Crosse finished runner up with a time of 24.99, while Rowans' Shailah Williams was third at 25.03. UMass Boston's Hulerie McGuffie (25.06) and Central's Abigail Davis (25.11) rounded out the top-5. Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore Emily Reichenberger was sixth (25.52), while Brooks and Celen (26.95) completed the list of All-Americans.

In other Denison action on Saturday, senior Aedin Brennan closed out her indoor track and field career with a 14th-place finish in the triple jump. Brennan's best mark came in her final attempt of the prelims (37'5").