Denison junior Wallace Branche was named North Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week after collecting a pair of victories and a school record last week.
Branche opened the week for the Denison men with a record-breaking performance in the triple jump on Friday night at the Ohio State Tune-Up. The junior won the event with a school-record leap of 46'11.50". That mark bested eight other competitors which included three Division I athletes and one NAIA jumper.
On Saturday at the Kenyon College Classic, 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".
With his mark at the OSU Tune-Up, Branche currently boasts the top mark in the NCAC by over a foot. He also ranks 10th in the nation in the triple jump with two week remaining before the NCAA Division III Championship field is set to be announced. That field will be comprised of the top 15 entrants in the event.
Branche and the rest of the Big Red will host the Denison Last Chance Meet this Friday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse on the campus of Denison University. Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. That meet will serve as the final tune-up before the 2015 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship held this year at DePauw University.