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Brennan Breaks Another Program Record, Women's Indoor Track and Field Places Sixth at Rick Meindl Last Call

Senior distance runner Kelly Brennan
Senior distance runner Kelly Brennan

BEXLEY, Ohio - Senior USTFCCCA All-American, All-Ohio Athletic Conference and Academic All-OAC distance runner Kelly Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) broke her own school record in the 800-meter run event, as the Baldwin Wallace University women's track and field team competed in the Rick Meindl Last Call, hosted by Capital University.

Already in possession of the indoor 800-meter event program record with a time of 2:13.81 set at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Brennan surpassed that mark by a mere 0.16 seconds to establish a new program-best. Her final time also earned her a convincing victory in the event, as she crossed the finish line approximately 21 seconds ahead of the next participant. Brennan's performance bolts her into fourth place on the NCAA Division III national qualfier list of 2020.

Another one of Brennan's all-time marks was in jeopardy this evening, as sophomore All-OAC distance runner Alyssa Laughner (Howard, Pa./Central Mountain) was 0.49 seconds away from eclipsing the new 3,000-meter run program record. Laughner's career performance earned herself a first-place finish with a career-best final time of 10:06.94. Trailing right behind her in second and third place, while also garnering new career-bests in the 3,000-meter run were juniors Hastings Marek (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) and Molina Otte (Omaha, Neb./Millard West) who ran for 10:20.90 and 10:42.17 marks, respectively.

With BW and its four participants only competing in the two aforementioned events, their team score culminated into 34 total points and a sixth place finish amongst seven competing schools. Fellow OAC member Wilmington College secured first place in the team standings with a score of 132.5 points.

The Yellow Jackets return to the track tomorrow, Saturday, February 22 when they travel to Alliance to compete in the Raider Tune Up, hosted by the University of Mount Union in the McPherson Academic & Atheltic Complex at 10:00 a.m.