Detroit Mercy - Three Titans Under 20 As Detroit Takes Ninth In Canadian Meet

Detroit Mercy - Three Titans Under 20 As Detroit Takes Ninth In Canadian Meet

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GUELPH, Ontario (10/13/2012) -- The University of Detroit Mercy women's cross country team took its talents north of the border as the Titan harriers came away with a ninth-place finish at the 3rd Annual New Balance Vic Matthews Open, held at the University of Guelph Arboretum Cross Country course in Guelph, Ontario.

“We had a good meet and this is a good sign since we had a rough break battling illness and we are still not 100%,” said Director of track & field and cross country Guy Murray."

Detroit tallied 210 points in the meet, which is the largest cross country race in Canada.

Junior Louisa Coppola was the top runner for the second-straight race as she claimed 23rd in 18:57, the second year in a row a Titan has went under 19 minutes and just the third since 2005. She even accomplished that despite getting knocked down near the 1k mark.

“Louisa did a great job getting going after her fall,” added Coach Murray.

Senior Katrina Oberski posted a 27-second improvement from last year's race finishing in 30th with a 19:17 time, her third fastest time in her career, all of which have occurred this season.

Sophomore Sara Taylor came up with a huge run as she was 51st in 19:54, shattering her previous personal best of 20:46 she tallied at Louisville two weeks ago.

“The nursing schedule has been tough on Katrina, but this was a good race for her and her schedule eases up now as we head to the HL's,” said Coach Murray. “Sara had a big break through. I thought she would PR as her training is going well, but this was a big plus and will really help us. She also did a good job getting Louisa back to her feet.”

Senior Sarah Martinez took 52nd in 20:04, over a minute better than her time last year, while senior Olivia Smid was right behind her in 54th place. Also coming up with a PR on the day was freshman Haley Morairty who posted a 20:52 run en route to placing 64th, while junior Torrie Eger was 81st in 21:28.

Detroit will now have two weeks to put the finishing touches on its training before the Horizon League Championship, set for Oct. 27 at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisc.