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DU takes fifth at All-Ohio meet

Ajai Brooks set a new school record in the 100-meter dash at the All-Ohio meet.
Ajai Brooks set a new school record in the 100-meter dash at the All-Ohio meet.

The Big Red women's track and field team compiled 68 points en route to a fifth-place finish at the 2016 All-Ohio Championship hosted by Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday in Delaware, Ohio.

Freshman sprinter Ajai Brooks turned in the best performance of the day when she broke the Denison school record in the 100-meter dash. After posting a personal record in the prelims with a time of 12.26, Brooks returned to the track roughly three hours later and broke the record set by former DU All-American Tiffany Davis. The freshman sprinter won the finals of the 100 with a time of 12.14, which bested Davis' top time by one thousandth of a second. Brooks also took second in the 200-meter event, crossing the line in 24.82 which bested her previous PR by three hundredths of a second.

Senior Aedin Brennan was the highest scoring athlete for DU, totaling 28 points across three events. Brennan won both the long and triple jumps. The senior turned in a mark of 18'1" in the long jump and a combined leap of 38'8.75" in the triple jump. Brennan was also the runner-up in the 400 hurdles after posting a time of 1:03.84.

Another second-place performance came in the 10,000-meter run where freshman Alyssa Bahel crossed the line in 41:01.58. Sophomore Hannah Hall finished fourth in the high jump after successfully clearing 5'1.75". Emily Lamm turned in a PR performance in the 5,000 after finishing the race in 18:28.18. That time moved Lamm into 10th-place on the school's top performers list.

The tandem of sophomore Emily Grabauskas and senior Kate Benson both scored in the 1500-meter event. Grabauskas took sixth with a personal-record time of 4:49.64, while Benson was eighth after shaving almost two seconds off her previous PR (4:51.52). Grabauskas now sits seventh on the Denison top performer's list, while Benson is 10th on the list. Junior Anne Lee rounded out the scoring with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 35'1.25", 10.25" better than her previous personal record.

Freshmen Macy Diaz and Mackenzie Mason both turned in personal-best marks in the 400 dash and pole vault, respectively. Diaz's time of 1:01.67 landed her 10th on the school's top performer's list, while Mason improved her PR by 4.25".

Ohio Wesleyan took home the team title with 122 points, while Oberlin finished second with 98 tallies. Otterbein (97), Mount Union (92) and Denison rounded out the top-five spots in the 18-team field.

The Big Red returns to action on Tuesday (April 19) at the NCAC Quad held at the College of Wooster. Field events are scheduled to start at 3 p.m., while the running events are slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.