The Denison track and field team will travel to Gambier, Ohio this weekend for the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships held on the campus of Kenyon College.
The Big Red women’s team will enter the two-day championship event in second place following senior Aedin Brennan’s fourth-straight NCAC pentathlon championship at last weekend’s NCAC Combined Events Championship. Brennan re-set her own conference record in the event after totaling 3,638 points.
Brennan will also be looking to defend her NCAC triple and long jump championships for a second-straight season. The senior current sits atop the conference field in the triple jump (38’11”), and ranks second in the long jump (18’0.25”). Brennan will also look to capture her third-career NCAC title in the 400, an event she won in both 2013 and 2014.
In addition to her individual events, Brennan will also run the lead leg of the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams that both rank in the top-5 in the conference. Brennan, Macy Diaz, Kalani Rose and Ajai Brooks will make up the 4x200 foursome, while the grouping of Brennan, Emily Grabauskas, Rose and Brooks will run the 4x400 relay. Brooks will also run in the 200 and 60-meter dashes. The freshman is currently second in the NCAC in the 200 (25.92) and fourth in the 60 (7.99).
Also looking to help the Big Red are senior Kate Benson, and sophomores Hannah Hall and Arlesha Cospy. Benson is currently third in the mile after posting a school-record time of 5:16.43 at the Kenyon Classic. The senior will also serve as the opening leg of the distance medley relay alongside Rose, Phoebe Osterhout and Grabauskas. Hall, last year’s NCAC Champion in the high jump, currently ranks fourth with a mark of 5’3.25”, while Cospy is fourth in the shot put (40’7”) and ninth in the weight throw (41’2.25”).
On the men’s side, senior Quenton Richards currently ranks fifth in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.13. Richards will also serve as the anchor leg of the 4x200 relay with fellow senior Lucas Romick, junior Michael Bonebrake and senior Ian Mulmat. In other relay action, the foursome of senior Mitch Keller, sophomore Zach Munn, freshman Niall Clancey and junior Zach Cove will run in both the distance medley relay and the 4x400 relay. The quartet currently leads the conference with a DMR time of 10:22.46, while their 4x400 time of 3:32.48 ranks fourth in the NCAC. Looking for a strong showing in his NCAC Championship meet debut, freshman David Carter will be competing in both the triple and long jumps. Despite jumping just one time in each event, Carter is currently fourth in the triple jump (42’5.25”) and ninth in the long jump (20’9.25”).
The 2016 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship is scheduled to begin on Friday in Gambier and will run through Saturday. Friday’s field events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m., while the running events are slated to start at 2:30 p.m.