The Big Red men's track & field team took home five event titles and scored 109 points as they finished third at the Denison Lid-Lifter on Saturday at the Mitchell Fieldhouse in Granville.
Junior Zach Cove and freshmen Niall Clancey and David Carter were responsible for DU's three individual victories on Saturday. Carter opened the morning with a victory in the long jump after posting a mark of 20'9.25". Unfortunately, an injury suffered in the event would cut his Denison track debut short as he was unable to compete in any more events.
Cove's victory came in the 800-meter run where turned in a time of 2:01.12. Sophomore teammate Zach Munn took second with a time of 2:03.33, while Chris Todd was fifth overall at 2:07.66. Clancey won the mile after posting a time of 4:35.36, sixth tenths of a second faster than Liam Walsh of Carnegie Mellon. In the final event of the meet, Cove and Clancey teamed up with Patrick Dunn and Todd to win the distance medley relay with a time of 11:01.98.
The Big Red's other win came in the first running event of the afternoon, the 4x200 relay. Following the injury to Carter, who was supposed to run the opening leg of the relay, senior Quenton Richards made a call to move himself into the first leg and put freshman Alex Chin in the anchor position, which was originally supposed to be Richards. That move paid off as the speedy freshman passed Thomas More's Kevin Munyon inside the final 100 meters to secure the Big Red victory. The foursome of Richards, Ian Mulmat, Michael Bonebrake and Chin completed the event in 1:39.85.
In addition to his performance in the 4x200 relay, Richards also had strong showings in the 60 and 200-meter events. Wittenberg's Aaron Melsop just edged out Richards (7.28) in the 60-meter dash, crossing the line one tenth of a second before the DU senior. Richards also placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 24.64, while Chin was eighth after crossing in 25.12.
In the 400, Bonebrake placed third with a time of 55.78, while Chin followed in sixth at 59.22. Freshman Isaac Reed took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in 9.45, while Jeremy Bloomfield (10:01.94) and Jorge De La Torre (10:06.10) were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 3,000. Sophomore Church Humphreys posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in the pole vault (9'0.25") and triple jump (39'3.75"). The 4x400 relay team of Bonebrake, Munn, Jack Marchetti and De La Torre rounded out the scoring with a fourth-place finish after turning in a time of 3:55.22.
Current Denison assistant coach Mike Petro won the weight throw as an unattached competitor with a toss of 51'4.25". Last season, Petro captured his first North Coast Athletic Conference Championship in the event with a mark of 57'5.50".
Carnegie Mellon won the team title with 191 points, while Thomas More placed second with 133. Denison took third with 109 points, while Wittenberg (44) and Ohio Christian (33) rounded out the team standings.
Denison returns to action next weekend when they travel to Wooster, Ohio for the Fighting Scots Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.