Detroit Mercy Men - 4x400m Hurdles Title Claimed By Men's Track and Field

Detroit Mercy Men - 4x400m Hurdles Title Claimed By Men's Track and Field

Provided by Detroit Merch

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The men's track and field outdoor season began Friday and Saturday as the Toledo Collegiate Challenge and the Big Blue Classic, hosted by Eastern Illinois University, were the first events scheduled for the new season.

In Toledo, Eric Lewis set a new PR in the hammer throw with a distance of 54.73m placing fourth in the process. The mark was also the #2 Titan all-time best.

Jeff Sherman 43.25m also set a new PR in the hammer that was the new #11 Titan mark. On the track, Chris Smalley ran 4:17.01 in the 1500m and Jeff Senecal (1.78m) placed seventh in the high jump.

In Charleston, IL for the Big Blue Classic, the 400m hurdles saw Titans Vince Lefler (54.63), Taylor Hennrick (55.63), Aviram Campbell (56.77) and Steven Ivanics (59.11) all run in preparation for the 4x400 hurdles relay battle.

Detroit and the host Eastern Illinois were the lone teams set to compete in the 4x400H event. Hennrick came out in the first leg hanging tight with EIU's fastest runner. Campbell ran a 55.5 split in the third leg giving each team's final runners a chance. Lefler was the anchoring Titan and after a brief stumble at the first hurdle, he came back with a 54.4 split time as the Titans placed first with a time of 3:45.58 in the second ever running of the 4x400H.

In the jumps, Ja'Quan Patterson came back after two fouls in his first two long jump tries to place 10th with a leap of 6.56m. In the high jump, Justin Peguese tied for second jumping 1.93m.

In the 5000m, Alex Harris came in 7th at 15:00.21 while Colin Creagh (15:30.20) and Ylli Alla (15:50.60) both set new PR's.

Bob Radlich came in 10th place in the 1500m event timing in at 4:01.07 and also set a new PR and the new #12 Titan-best time. Harris also set a new PR in that race crossing the finish at 4:05.24.

The 4x800m relay team of Radlich, Matt Mahler, Ryan Hofsess and George Holman came in third at 8:06.24.

The 4x100m relay squad of Shammah Carter, Charles Anthony, Ivanics and Vushaun Landrum timed in at 42.71 to place seventh.

200m Landrum won his heat with a 22.24 mark and finishing in eighth place.

The next event for the track and field squads will be the annual home track and field event hosted on the University of Detroit Mercy Campus on Saturday, April 7 (THIS SATURDAY). The team will welcome Oakland for a dual meet at Titan Field that will start at 3:00 p.m.