Detroit Mercy Men Top Oakland in Head-to-Head Track and Field Dual
Provided by Detroit Mercy
DETROIT (4/5/2014) -- The University of Detroit Mercy men's outdoor track and field team hosted the 9th Annual Dual vs. Oakland Saturday afternoon at Titan Field and won 107-57 over Oakland in the head-to-head dual meet improving to 8-1 all-time against Oakland.
It was a day that featured many first place finishes and top marks as the Titans also took time to recognize its seniors.
The men's team honored its graduating class of Charles Anthony, Anthony Donald, Sam Felton, Steven Ivanics, Martin Nelkie, Joe Raffin, and Jeffrey Senecal received recognition during the event for their years competing as Titans.
From the field to the track, the Titans earned a slew of first place finishes over Oakland.
Senior Eric Lewis won the hammer throw with a toss of 58.20m/190-11 nearly breaking his personal record of 58.23m he set back in 2012. Lewis also won the discus with a launching of 43.32m/142-01.
Freshman Ilia Panev topped the field in the long jump at 6.40m/20-11. Panev was also fast on the track as he won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.07.
In the running events, sophomore Derek Gielarowski won the 2000 meter steeplechase with a time of 6:18.55 and establishing a new personal-best.
Raffin won the 400 meter run with a mark of 50.12.
Freshman Brandon Wilks won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.04 which was just ahead of senior Charles Anthony at 11.08. Anthony was able to get his win in the 200 meters as his time of 22.19 topped the field of seven.
Freshman Khalil Parris won the 400 meter hurdles with a mark of 55.42.
Alumni were also on hand competing in events as 2014 graduate Bob Radlich came back to win the mile run. Radlich's run of 4:23.37 topped the field of eight as Radlich qualified for Detroit Legend status.
The relays were the final events of the day with the 4x100 meter squad running a time of 44.48. The 4x400m foursome clocked in with a time of 3:28.73.
Daniel Grant won the Tommy Titan Kid's Race with a time of 18.34. The race featured mascots Tommy Titan from UDM and Clawz from Oakland running against children nine and under in a 100 meter race. Alex Harris won the Open Mile title with a time of 4:47.56. Both races were open to anyone and the mile run included many Titan alums who made their return to the UDM campus.
The next meet for Detroit will be next weekend with two meets on the schedule. The Titans will compete at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday and a second group of Titans will be at the Don Kleinow Memorial Invitational on Saturday hosted by Siena Heights in Adrian, Michigan.
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