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Big Red takes third at Carnegie Mellon Invite

Bren'et Muldrow | Photo by Brett Dunbar
Bren'et Muldrow | Photo by Brett Dunbar

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Big Red women's track and field team collected three wins en route to finishing third at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday.

Sophomore Ajai Brooks took part in two of Denison's three victories on Saturday. Brooks won the 100-meter dash after breaking the tape in 12.71. She also teamed up with Amy Kirk, Bryn Tomczak and Bren'et Muldrow to win the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.60. DU's other victory came in the discus where junior Arlesha Cospy won the title with a mark of 130'2". Cospy also finished second in the shot put with a heave of 38'4.75".

In addition to their victory in the 4x100 relay, Tomczak and Muldrow also posted top-5 finishes in other events. Muldrow took third in the 200-meter dash after checking in at 27.48, while Tomczak was fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.58. Seniors Shelby Jude and Caroline Fontes finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400-meter event. Jude clocked in with a time of 1:05.57, while Fontes finished the event in 1:07.19.

Jude also ran the anchor leg on the third-place 4x400 relay team that also featured Sydney Chandler, Emily Grabauskas and Sydney Lerda. The foursome turned in a time of 4:28.36. Individually, Grabauskas and Chandler both turned in fifth-place performances. Grabauskas checked in with a time of 2:26.31 in the 800, while Chandler finished the 400 hurdles in 1:14.64. Sophomore Alyssa Bahel was sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a final time of 19:25.21.

In the field events, senior Anne Lee posted two top-5 finishes. Lee took third in the triple jump with a combined leap of 33'2.50", while her mark of 14'9.75" in the long jump was good enough for fifth place. Jessica Nix also scored in two event, highlighted by a third-place finish in the high jump (4'9.50"). Nix was also sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.90. Mackenzie Mason rounded out the scoring for Denison with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault after successfully clearing 8'7.50".

Event host Carnegie Mellon won the team title with 292 points followed by Waynesburg in second with 101 tallies. The Big Red racked up 86 points to finish third, while Franciscan (35) and Allegheny (26) rounded out the team scoring.

Denison will be back in action next Saturday (April 1) at the Hilltop Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.