Wallace Branche earned his second-straight and third overall North Coast Athletic Conference Championship in the triple jump, highlighting the first day of competition at the 2015 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship. Denison enters Saturday's finals in seventh place with 16 points. Wabash College is the leader with 87.3 points.
Branche won the triple jump with a distance of 46'3.5". That was just shy of his PR and school-record jump of 47'4.25 set last week at the Denison Last Chance meet. He entered this weekend with the nation's 11th best leap in Division III and will now play the waiting game until selections are announced for next weekend's NCAA Division III Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Denison's Church Humphreys also competed in the triple jump. He placed 11th by jumping 39'1.25".
There were two finals in running events on Friday night. In the distance medley relay, Mitch Keller, Chris Todd, Ryan Keller and Jake Dennie earned all-conference certificates, placing third with a time of 10:35.23.
In the 5,000 meter run, Dennie and Sam Beech placed 13th and 15th, respectively. Dennie completed the race in 15:41.04 while Beech crossed the finish line in 15:47.82.
In the 60 meter dash, junior Quenton Richards narrowly missed Saturday's finals after a 10th place time of 7.32. The top-9 advance to the finals and Richards missed it by just two hundredths of a second.
Chandler Bridges suffered a similar fate in the 200 meter dash as he posted a PR of 23.41 but placed 10th. He was just one-tenth of a second away from qualifying for the finals.
The Big Red will close out the 2015 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday in Greencastle, Ind. Visit the championship website for links to live video and live results.