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Brennan Leads NCAC Contingent At National Meet

Brennan Leads NCAC Contingent At National Meet

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The 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships concluded on Saturday (5/23) afternoon at the Merrick-Pinkard Track & Field Complex in Canton, New York. Following the three days of competition, nine NCAC student-athletes combined for 10 All-American performances, highlighted by Denison junior Aedin Brennan (Fairport, NY/Allendale Columbia) capturing the women’s national title in the heptathlon with 5,091 points.

After becoming the first female track & field student-athlete in school history to win a national title on Friday, Brennan regrouped on Saturday and added the sixth All-American citation of her career with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump with a final leap of 39’00.50”. It marked Brennan’s first-career All-American performance in an individual event outside of the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon.

A pair of Oberlin Yeowomen also climbed the All-American podium on Saturday in New York, led by freshman Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) placing fourth in the shot put with a sixth and final throw that soared 46’11.50”.  Senior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) also added an All-American award in her final collegiate meet, placing seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 10:42.77.

Three additional women from the NCAC posted All-American efforts on Saturday. Wooster junior Hilary Coady (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia/Choate Rosemary Hall, CT) earned her first-career All-American certificate by placing seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.15). Allegheny senior Lexie Mochan (Walworth, NY/Ganada) and Ohio Wesleyan junior Abbey Warth (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) also collected the first All-American certificates in their careers by finishing eighth overall in the hammer throw (172’08.00”) and 1,500-meter run (4:31.40), respectively.

On the men’s side, a trio of Wabash track & field student-athletes closed out the season with All-American efforts in Central New York. In Saturday’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) finished fourth overall with a personal-best time of 9:02.81, while junior Adam Togami (New Albany, IN/New Albany) crossed the line sixth overall, also with a personal-best time of 9:04.47.

The final All-American of the 2015 national meet went to Wabash sophomore Christian Rhodes (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit), who finished eighth in the pole vault with a leap of 16’00.50”.

In addition, the NCAC was also represented by four additional women in New York, including Wittenberg junior Brea Medlock (Galena, OH/Big Walnut) and the Ohio Wesleyan trio of junior Sara Johnson (Dublin, OH/Coffman), sophomore Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) and freshman Emily Brown (New Concord, OH/John Glenn).

On the men’s side, 13 additional student-athletes closed out the 2015 season at the national meet. In throwing events, the league was represented by Allegheny senior Michael Petro (Bolivar, PA/Ligonier Valley), Wabash senior Derek De St Jean (St. John, IN/Hanover) and DePauw junior Marcus Dozier (South Bend, IN/Riley). Also competing in field events from the NCAC was Denison junior Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest, VA) and Wittenberg junior Justin Fisher (Fort Wayne, IN/Carroll).

The league also had strong representation in the hurdle events from Wabash senior Ronnie Posthauer (Ladoga, IN/Fountain Central), Wabash junior Adam Wadlington (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence North), Ohio Wesleyan junior Roemello Cook (Akron, OH/Buchtel) and Wabash senior Joel Whittington (Terre Haute, IN/Northview).

Ohio Wesleyan junior Zachary Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn), Wabash junior Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Central) and Oberlin junior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) joined Boyce and Togami in distance events, while Wittenberg senior Justin Yates (Dayton, OH/Bellbrook) rounded out the list of NCAC student-athletes by competing in the 400-meter dash.