Detroit Mercy - Coppola Earns First Team All-HL, Titans Post Best Finish Since 2001

Detroit Mercy - Coppola Earns First Team All-HL, Titans Post Best Finish Since 2001

Provided by Detroit Mercy

KENOSHA, Wisc. (10/27/2012) -- Junior Louisa Coppola ran to a fifth-place finish, and the Detroit women's cross country team recorded its highest place since 2001 as the Titans claimed fourth at the Horizon League Cross Country Championship.

“I was very happy with the women's team,” said head coach Guy Murray. “This has been a real challenging year with the illness and the academic majors we have, but we thought we could come through with a good race and we did.”

The championship 5k event was held on a cool fall day at the Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisc. Loyola won the race with 28 points, while UIC (53) and Youngstown State (116) finished second and third, respectively.

Coppola - who earned All-Horizon League First Team with her performance - clocked a career-best time of 18:18, just behind a Valparaiso runner for forth and four seconds away from third place. The junior college transfer is the first Titan in the top five since Andrea Karl was fourth in 2005, and also posted the best finish for a Titan newcomer at the league meet since Angie Lefere won the event in 1997.

“Louisa has a lot of talent and a lot of potential and she really closed the race out well here,” added Murray. “

Senior Katrina Oberski was 20th with a run of 19:00, her best career time and effort at the conference championship, while sophomore Sara Taylor earned 34th, lowering her career 5k time down to 19:44.

“Katrina was real excited that the team finished fourth,” said Murray. “She has been a great team person for us and has made a lot of progress and had a great year. She has had probably the toughest schedule with her academics so I am very happy for her.”

Senior Sarah Martinez was the fourth Titan in at 19:47, good for 36th, while senior Olivia Smid was 49th in 20:15.

Detroit's 132 points are also the fewest at the league meet since it had 132 for fifth in 2004. Back in 2001, the women totaled 112 points with Kim Hemstreet leading the way with a third-place finish.

UDM will now get ready for the EMU Open on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Huron Meadows Park in Brighton.