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DU takes fourth at Kenyon Classic

Wallace Branche re-set the school record in the triple jump at OSU on Friday.
Wallace Branche re-set the school record in the triple jump at OSU on Friday.

The Big Red men's track & field team took fourth place behind a pair of victories at the Kenyon College Classic on Saturday in Gambier, Ohio.

Denison had nine top-3 performances and compiled 77 points at Kenyon. Junior Wallace Branche and sophomore Jake Dennie led the way with the Big Red's two victories. Dennie won the 5,000-meter run after breaking the tape in 15:36.15.

Branche led a DU trio that finished 1-2-3 in the triple jump on Saturday. The junior won the event with a combined leap of 44'2". Sophomore Lester Harris finished second with a mark of 43'1.50", while freshman Church Humphreys was third with a jump of 39'8.75". In addition to finishing runner up in the triple jump, Harris also took fourth in the long jump with a mark of 19'11.50".

On Friday night, Branche won the triple jump at the Ohio State University Tune-Up with a school-record leap of 46'11.50". Harris took fifth at OSU with a mark of 44'2.50".

In the 800, junior Ryan Keller finished runner-up with a time of 2:03.56, while Chris Todd placed eighth after crossing the line in 2:06.91. In other distance race action, Mitch Keller took third in the mile, clocking in at 4:32.47. Patrick Dunn was seventh in the 3,000 with a time of 9:14.85. Deven Shakya also picked up a point in the high jump with an eighth-place performance after clearing 5'5".

In his first action following an injury, junior sprinter Quenton Richards placed third in both the 60 and 200-meter dash events. Richards crossed the line in 7.23 in the 60 dash finals. The junior's fastest time in the event came in the prelims, where he finished the fastest time at 7.16. Richards returned to take third in the 200 with a mark of 23.64.

In the 4x400 relay, the DU grouping of Mitch Keller, Todd, Ryan Keller and Lucas Romick placed second after clocking in at 3:32.63.

Ohio Wesleyan won the event with 163 points, while PSU-Behrend (135) was second. Westminster (78) edged Denison for third place by one point. Wooster (66), Kenyon (45) and Mount Vernon Nazarene (33) rounded out the team scoring.

The Big Red returns to action on Friday (Feb. 27) when they host the Denison Last Chance Meet at the Mitchell Fieldhouse. Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.