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DU wins three times at Last Chance

Mitch Keller ran the opening leg of the victorious 4x400 relay team on Friday.
Mitch Keller ran the opening leg of the victorious 4x400 relay team on Friday.

The Big Red men's track and field team picked up three wins, had eight personal-best performance and set one school record on Friday night at the Denison Last Chance Meet held at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville, Ohio.

One week after setting the Denison record in the triple jump at the Ohio State Tune-Up, junior Wallace Branche, the reigning North Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week, re-set the school record with a mark of 47'4.25". That leap bested his previous PR by 4.75". Finishing right behind Branche with personal-record performances were freshmen Church Humphreys and Deven Shakya. Humphreys was second with a mark of 40'9.50", while Shakya took third with a combined jump of 39'5.25".

Other victories came in the 200-meter dash and 4x400 relay. Freshman Chandler Bridges won the 200 dash in his first-collegiate track event. Bridges finished with a time of 23.44, which landed him tied for eighth on the school's top performers list. Junior Quenton Richards placed second in the event after crossing the line in 23.60. The sprinting DU also finished in the top-7 in the 60-meter dash. Richards was fifth with a time of 7.19, while Bridges was seventh in 7.25. The freshman is now fourth on DU's top performer's list in the event.

In the 4x400 relay, Mitch Keller, Chris Todd, Ryan Keller and Lucas Romick combined for a time of 3:38.35. In addition to his relay win, Ryan Keller and Todd also placed third and ninth, respectively, in the 800 run. Keller clocked in at 2:01.58, while Todd posted a PR time of 2:06.20. In the other relay event, Richards, Ian Mulmat, Ethan George and Romick placed third in the 4x200 with a time of 1:35.66. George and Mulmat went 7-8 in the 400 dash with times of 54.35 and 54.44, respectively.

Junior Sam Beech and sophomore Drake Lohnes logged PR performances in the 3,000-meter run. Beech was third after completing the race in 9:04.16, while Lohnes took ninth with a time of 9:29.39. Senior Andy Shaw was runner-up in the shot put with a heave of 42'0.50", while Lester Harris took third in the long jump with a mark of 19'5.25". Jake Dennie and Zach Cove both finished in the top-five in the mile. Dennie clocked in at 4:30.19, while Cove posted a time of 4:33.05.

Denison returns to action next weekend at the 2015 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by DePauw University.