Detroit Mercy - 111 Points Scored For Men's Track and Field in Win over Oakland
Provided by Detroit Merch
DETROIT -- The men's track and field team celebrated senior day on its lone home event of the 2012 outdoor season. The 7th annual home dual with Oakland saw the Titans come away with a 111-71 win.
Seniors Vushaun Landrum, Joe LaRocca, Alex Harris, Matt Mahler and Erik Westbrook were all honored with a short ceremony following the annual open mile event.
Of the seven years that Detroit has hosted the dual with Oakland, the Titans have won the head-to-head match-up six times. In the second outdoor track and field competition of the season, it was a chance for many of the Titans to work on their events.
“Today is a good step for us in the right direction and a chance to get second reps in your events. Competing to win in a smaller format helps some kids form some strategies and they find that they can do it when the pressure is on,” said men's and women's track and field head coach Guy Murray.
In the throwing events, Eric Lewis had a pair of first place finishes topping the competition. He had a hammer throw of 187 feet and eight inches , that set a new OU dual meet record, and also led the way in the discus throw with a toss of 135 feet. Taylor Hennrick was a close second in the javelin throw with a toss of 128 feet and seven inches.
In the ever-so-popular steeplechase, Edwin Gay ran the 2000m event in 6:34.46 finishing second.
Ja'Quan Patterson jumped 6.79 m in the long jump and 13.40m in the triple jump.
In the men's 3000m, Harris came in second with an 8:47.16 timed run.
In the 110m hurdles, Aviram Campbell timed in at 14.94 to take first place and set a new meet record in the process.
Landrum crossed the line first in the 100m dash with a time of 11.02 with teammate Charles Anthony right behind at 11.20. The 200m race was more of the same as Landrum crossed at 22.40 and Anthony at 22.74.
In the 400m hurdles, Vince Lefler and Campbell were the top finishers as Lefler crossed first with a time of 54.72 and then Campbell at 55.86.
In the one mile run, George Holman (4:27.77) and Bob Radlich (4:32.79) came in back-to-back crossing in second and third place.
In the last event of the day, the 4x400m relay saw the Titan team of Campbell, LaRocca, Lefler and Joe Raffin top the eight team field with a time of 3:25.53.
The Tommy Titan kid's race for those nine and under was a fun event for all. The 100m dash against Tommy and the Oakland Grizzly made for a lighter event on the day. The other popular event was the open mile that saw a number of students, alumni and fans participate.
Detroit's next competition will come at the Bison Outdoor Classic hosted by Bucknell, April 13-15, in Lewiston, PA.