Detroit Mercy - Nelkie, Radlich Take HL Second Team Honors, Men Finish Fourth At Horizon League Championship
Provided by Detroit Mercy
KENOSHA, Wisc. (10/27/2012) – Senior Bob Radlich and junior Martin Nelkie led the Titans with top-15 efforts as the UDM men's cross country squad totaled 98 points for fourth at the Horizon League Championship, held at the 8k Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisc.
Milwaukee was the host and took third in the meet with 90 points, while Loyola (22) claimed first and UIC (60) took second.
“We ran well, but not as well as we hoped,” said head coach Guy Murray. “We wanted to give UIC a bit of a better battle and we knew it was going to be close. We have been a great team in the middle of the race and unfortunately, we are not a kicking team and Milwaukee ran us down.”
For the men, it was their highest finish since placing fourth in 2007, which was also the last time UDM had two All-League runners (Patrick Liederbach – 1st Team, Sinisa Simic – 2nd Team).
Nelkie – who was 22nd at last year's championship – ran his career 8k best with a time of 25:38 for ninth place. He was just a few seconds away from eighth and nine away from the seventh spot and a first-team performance.
“Marty has been real steady,” said Murray. “After a mile or two, he gets it going. He has made steady progress and we wanted to get him in the top 10 and he did a great job.”
Radlich posted a career time by 25 seconds, taking 14th in 25:55. Prior to today's 14th-place finish, his best effort was 28th last year at the league championship.
“Bob is a great story. He didn't run a lot of cross country in high school and he puts in the miles and trains hard. In the last few weeks, he has run really well and I was hoping he could sneak up into the top 10, but getting in there for All-League is a great honor for him.”
In his first championship race, sophomore George Holman shaved more than 20 seconds of his career time and was 22nd in 26:21.
Sophomore Colin Creagh placed 27th in 26:26, while sophomore Ylli Alla turned in a personal record with a time of 26:30 for 29th. Senior Edwin Gay ran 26:37 for 32nd and sophomore Ryan Hofsess was 34th in 26:41.
The Titans will now begin their training for the 10k NCAA Great Lakes Regional, held on Nov. 9, at the University of Wisconsin.