Vanias Leads Men At Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational
It was another strong day for the Detroit men 's cross country program as sophomore Alex Vanias (Leroy, MI/Pine River) helped the Titans earn 80 points and a third-place showing in the running of the 23rd Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday. The four-mile race was held in Cass Benton Park in Northville.
Vanias was part of a quartet of UDM harriers to finish in the top 25 placing 13th in 21:10. The reigning Titan Rookie of the Year is coming off an injury and did not run in last week's Golden Grizzly Open.
"I am getting over a lot of injuries and have not raced since last season so I was just looking to do better then last year," said Vanias.
Senior Alex Gould (Comstock Park, MI/Comstock Park) once again came up with another quality performance taking 19th in 21:26, a personal record at Cass Benton by 1:53.
Junior Alex Harris (Huntington Woods, MI/Shrine) was next up for Detroit finishing 21st with a time of 21:28, while sophomore Erik Westbrook (Fremont, MI/Fremont) was just behind him earning 23rd in 21:35.
Sophomore Robert Radlich (Cheektowaga, NY / Cleveland Hill) also had another fine run finishing as the fifth Titan in, and 28th overall, with a 21:52 showing, while juniors Ryan Ayala (Coopersville, MI/Coopersville) and Matt Mahler (Thorold, ON/Denis Morris Catholic) earned the final two scoring spots with Ayala's 31st place 21:57 run and Mahler's 22:14 40th-place effort.
"We got a little closer to full strength today," said head coach Guy Murray. 'Vanias came back looking fine after some summer injuries and Gould really kept it going as our number two man so that is fantastic for us.'
Eastern Michigan won the event with 19 points, led by the individual winner Curtis Vollmar, who took the course in 19:54.
The day began with the running of two open races featuring high school, middle school and open competitors. The youngsters in attendance then got a chance to get in the action with the annual Tommy Titan Kid's race for all children nine and under.
UDM will be back in action next Friday when the red, white and blue take part in another traditional race, the National Catholic Championships, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.