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Personal records lead DU to third place at OWU

Mackenzie Mason  |  Photo by Curt Ashcraft
Mackenzie Mason | Photo by Curt Ashcraft

DELAWARE, Ohio – Denison women's track & field collected 12 new personal records on Saturday afternoon as they placed third overall at the 2019 Marv Frye Invitational hosted at Ohio Wesleyan University. Totaling 95 points as a team, the Big Red finished ahead of fourth place Mount Vernon Nazarene University by 22 points (73) and followed second-place Albion College (116.50). Meet host OWU claimed the team title with 154 points.

Highlighted by an individual victory in the hammer throw, sophomore Anna Vrancken garnered the title with a first-place and personal-best throw of 143'5" (43.73 meters). Leah Ackerman trailed in second with a new PR of 132'4" (40.34 meters) and Abby Reppert placed sixth overall at 120'11, also a new personal record.

Vrancken and Ackerman then landed in the top-10 in the shot put where Vrancken placed sixth overall on a PR throw of 35'7.25" (10.85 meters) and Ackerman followed in seventh at 35'5.25" (10.80 meters). Freshman Ashley Schmoll rounded out the competitors in 14th place at 32'2.25" (9.81 meters).

In the discus, the Big Red were led by Schmoll who finished fourth overall on a new career-best of 123'11" (37.77 meters). Becca Skolnick followed in fifth at 117'11" (35.95 meters) with Vrancken landing in sixth (112'9") and Reppert in ninth (103'6").

Schmoll and Skolnick also found success in the javelin throw where Schmoll reached a new PR at 100'2" (30.54 meters) and placed second overall. Skolnick landed less than two feet behind in third at 98'4" (29.97 meters), also a new personal record, and Sam Zimmerman finished in sixth at 85'8" (26.13 meters).

Sophomore Danni Gutelius collected a pair of top-five finishes in the high and triple jump, highlighted by her personal best mark of 32'2.25" (9.81 meters) in the triple jump to claim fourth place. In the high jump, she placed third overall at 4'11" (1.50 meters).

Denison also received a new PR in the pole vault where senior Mackenzie Mason placed fifth overall on a career-high mark of 10'4" (3.15 meters).

On the track, the Big Red tallied four finishes in the top-10, led by freshman Emily Willson taking third overall at 19:16.15. Tommy Solberg followed in fourth with a new PR of 19:31.85 and Sarah Radziewicz took fifth place at 19:36.52, which also clocked in as a new personal record. Meagan Balch placed sixth overall at 19:46.60 and Emma Riordan trailed in 12th at 21:42.31.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Molly Smith headlined DU in third place at 2:23.14 while Sydney Lerda followed in 12th and clocked in at 2:28.88.

The Big Red will return to action on Wednesday, April 10 when they host the College of Wooster for a traditional dual meet at 2 p.m. in Piper Stadium.