UDM Women - Titans Open 2016 Indoor Season with Solid Showing at Blue and Gold Invite
Provided by UDM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (12/4/15) – The University of Detroit Mercy women's track and field team began the 2016 indoor season at the Blue and Gold Invite on the campus of the University of Notre Dame Friday night.
The Titans performed well among a field of Notre Dame, DePaul, Marquette, Northern Illinois and Bethel University, picking up seven top-six places and 17 top-ten finishes.
"Great start," said head coach Guy Murray '89. "We had veterans picking up where they left off and lots of potential shown by the rookies."
Sophomore Elizabeth Mullen gave the Titans the first event win of the season in the 600-meter run, beating the field by over a second with a time of 1:39.06.
Aisha Potts-Tyre led the long jump with a distance of 5.43 meters, but was overtaken by Micayla Collins of Northern Illinois on Collins' last attempt. Potts-Tyre would finish second in the event.
Paige Anderson and Jhayla Mosley followed with 10th and 11th place finishes in the long jump, respectively.
Potts-Tyre won the first heat of 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.25 to qualify in the preliminary round, before setting a personal record and fifth-place finish with a 9.01 mark in the finals.
"Aisha is off to a quick start, which should set up a great senior season. She has the potential for big scores ahead of her at combine event competitions," said Murray.
Also in the 60-meter hurdles, Paige Anderson finished tenth in the preliminary round and set a personal record of 9.75 seconds, while Natalie Peterson finished 11th with a personal record of 9.79. In her collegiate debut, Jhayla Mosley recorded a 9.82 in a 12th-place finish.
In the weight throw, junior Ashley Bayles finished third with a throw of 14.83 meters, while sophomore Delaney O'Rourke finished ninth with a toss of 12.25 meters.
Bayles finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 13.02 meters, while O'Rourke finished in eighth. Potts-Tyre rounded out the Titans in 10th-place.
In the 60-meter dash, Allison Garner advanced through the preliminary round and finished sixth with a time of 7.90. Junior Jayona Dent narrowly missed the qualifying mark and finished ninth with a time of 7.93. A.J. Carnathan began her collegiate career with a 13th place finish with a time of 7.99, followed by classmate Natalie Vizard in 15th, sophomore Alyson Hamilton in 17th and senior Jessica Doherty in 18th.
Freshman Kye Dozier had an excellent collegiate debut in the 400-meter dash, recording a 58.56 pace, just off of the all-time Titan rookie record. Sophomore Brogan Holmes finished eighth and senior Grace Battista finished ninth in the event.
In the 200-meter dash, Holmes led the Titans with a 26.02 mark and seventh-place finish. Dent and Vizard also placed in the top 10 with eighth and 10th place finishes, respectively. Carnathan finished in 12th, followed by Hamilton in 14th and Garner in 16th.
Senior Haley Morairty paced Detroit in the one mile run with a mark of 5:43.01, while freshmen Annmarie Taylor and Katie Lyons made their debuts in 14th and 15th, respectively.
In the 4-400 meter relay, the Detroit combination of Dent, Holmes, Garner and Mullen led the Titans with a sixth-place finish after running to a 4:14.93 pace. Vizard, Carnathan, Mosley and Dozier finished the event in ninth, followed closely by Potts-Tyre, Battista, Hamilton and Doherty in tenth.
The Titans will take a brief break over the holiday season and continue performance training until their next match Jan. 15 at the Bob Eubanks Open from Grand Valley State University.