Detroit Mercy - Coppola Finishes Cross Country Career With Top-50 Mark At NCAA Great Lakes Regional
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MADISON, Wis. (11/15/2013) -- Senior Louisa Coppola once again added her name to the Titan legends with a top-50 finish and the Titans claimed 26th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, hosted by Wisconsin at the 6k Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.
"The women did a nice job as the regional is as hard a test as we have ever faced," said Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Guy Murray. "The Great Lakes Region is arguably one of the toughest and we improved by two slots from last year."
The Titans finished with 758 points, ahead of Milwaukee, Valparaiso, Green Bay, Cleveland State and Wright State. It was also the highest finish since taking 26th in 2004.
Coppola set a personal record in her final collegiate race with a time of 21:34 for 47th, an improvement by 28 places from last year. Her time was also the fourth best 6k run in Titan history. The 47th-place effort is also tied for the fourth best in school history with Kim Hemstreet in 2001, trailing only Hemstreet's performance in 2002 (12th), Ruthie Cook in 2001 (26th) and Angie Lefere in 1997 (40th).
"It was a great run for Louisa as she closed well to get into the top 50," added Coach Murray.
Senior Ciara Curley-Poppe was 152 in her first-ever NCAA regional as she posted a career-best 23:17, eight seconds faster than her previous career run. Junior Sara Taylor was 175th in 23:46, while freshman Devon Sutton was 177th in 23:47.
"Ciara ran well today and we got the season we needed from her," said Coach Murray. "Sara also had a good race and that was a key for our strong finish."
Freshman Samantha Zakalowski earned 207th in 24:49 and senior Torrie Eger was 217th in 25:31.
"Overall, we did a good job here and all season," said Coach Murray. "We battled some health issues that made it a bit challenging and tougher, but we overcame that with everyone doing their part."