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Mason’s school record leads Denison to seventh at NCAC’s

Mackenzie Mason  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Mackenzie Mason | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GAMBIER, Ohio – Highlighted by a new school record in the pole vault from Mackenzie Mason, Denison women's track & field finished in seventh place on Saturday afternoon at the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Finishing with 42 points through 21 events, the Big Red finished two points shy of DePauw in sixth place (44 points) while finishing 14 points ahead of eighth-place Kenyon (28). Oberlin won the team championship for the third-straight year after collecting 211 team points.

Mason led the Big Red accolades on day two as she set a new program record in the pole vault when she reached a new personal best height of 10'10" (3.30 meters) to finish in sixth place. The previous school record was set at 10'6" by Mason, Emily Hammeran (2009), and Allison Pineault (2015).

Freshman Leah Ackerman also set a new PR in the field events after placing fifth overall in the shot put at 36'5.50" (11.11 meters). Sophomore Anna Vrancken hit a maximum mark of 33'6" (10.21 meters) to finish in ninth, and Ashley Schmoll followed in 10th at 33'5.25" (10.19 meters).

Vrancken and Ackerman also competed in the hammer throw where Vrancken led DU in fifth place on a throw of 138'11" (42.34 meters). Ackerman followed in seventh place at 130'7" (39.80 meters), and Abby Reppert set a new PR at 124'7" (37.98 meters) to finish in eighth.

In the high jump, sophomore Danni Gutelius placed eighth overall on a final mark of 4'10.50" (1.49 meters).

The Big Red rounded out the field events in the long jump where Isabella Luaces placed 14th overall on a jump of 14'10" (4.52 meters). Olivia Ewing followed in 17th at 13'6" (4.11 meters).

On the track, Denison received their best performance in the 800-meter run from sophomore Molly Smith who finished in fifth place on a final time of 2:22.85.

Smith also joined Gutelius, Sydney Lerda, and Allie Holmes in the 4X400 meter relay to finish eighth overall at 4:23.84.

In the 5,000-meter run, Emily Willson led the Big Red in 13th place after clocking in at 18:51.73. Tommy Solberg took 17th on a time of 19:19.55 and Meagan Balch crossed the finish line at 19:52.93 to land in 23rd.

Denison also competed in the 4X100 meter relay when Gutelius, Luaces, Mason, and Schmoll logged a final time of 52.92 to take eighth place.

The Big Red will turn their attention to next Friday, May 10 when they compete at the Harrison Dillard Twilight meet hosted at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.