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Denison finishes fifth at Bob Shannon

DU's quartet of (L-R) Deven Shakya, Church Humphreys, Wallace Branche and Lester Harris.
DU's quartet of (L-R) Deven Shakya, Church Humphreys, Wallace Branche and Lester Harris.

The Big Red compiled 52 points en route to a fifth-place finish at the second annual Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville, Ohio.

Denison scored a meet-best 20 points in the triple jump after having four athletes reach the finals. Leading the charge was 2014 NCAA outdoor national qualifier Wallace Branche who won the event with a Bob Shannon Invitational record leap of 45'8.50". Branche's record-breaking jump came in his first attempt of his preliminary flight. Sophomore Lester Harris placed third in the event with a mark of 24'7.50", while freshman Church Humphreys was fifth with a mark of 40'4.25". Deven Shakya finished ninth with a mark of 38'2".

DU also posted 13 points in the mile with a pair of top-4 performances. Junior Mitch Keller was runner up in the event with a time of 4:29.96, while sophomore Zach Cove placed fourth after crossing the line in 4:30.97. Sophomore Jake Dennie finished third overall and second among attached runners in the 3,000-meter run after clocking in at 9:02.34.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Keller, Chris Todd, Lucas Romick and Cove combined to post a third-place finish with a time of 3:35.40. Romick also scored in the 200-meter dash after winning his heat with a time of 23.95. The junior sprinter landed eighth overall in the 38-man field. Senior Andy Shaw rounded out the scoring with a fifth-place performance in the shot put. Shaw's best toss of 42'0.75" came in his first heave of the finals.

Ohio Wesleyan won the team title with 129 points, edging second-place Carnegie Mellon by 14 points. Muskingum finished third with 83, while Baldwin Wallace (68) and Denison rounded out the top five in the 10-team field.

Denison returns to action next weekend at the All-Ohio Championship hosted by Otterbein University. Events in Westerville, Ohio are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.