Detroit Mercy Titans Look For Fast Times At NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Detroit Mercy Titans Look For Fast Times At NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Provided by Detroit Mercy

DETROIT (11/7/2012) -- Nearly two weeks after posting some great times at the Horizon League Championships, the Titan men's and women's cross country teams will now look for another great day on the course as the Titans compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday.

This year's races will be held at the University of Wisconsin's Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, with the women's 6k starting at 1:00 p.m., (EST) and the men's 10k to follow at 2:15.

For the women, the Titans recorded their best finish since 2001 when they claimed fourth place at the Horizon League Championship, totaling 132 points in the 5k. UDM has primarily run eight runners on the year and all have eclipsed career bests at some point during the season.

Junior Louisa Coppola led the way at the HL Championship by earning First Team All-Horizon League with a fifth-place finish in a career-best 18:18. She has run in four races this season and has been the first Titan in every one of them.

Senior Katrina Oberski has been near the top of the line-up too, finishing as the first Titan in four races, including a career-best 19:00 run at the HL Championship for 20th. Her best 6k effort came as a sophomore at the 2010 Penn State National, where she clocked a 24:06.

Sophomore Sara Taylor has turned in a great year, lowering her career 5k runs down to 19:44 at the league meet. At last year's regional, she posted a time of 27:54.

Junior Rachel Hofsess has one of the best 6k times on the squad with a 24:39 at the Penn State National in 2010. Senior Sarah Martinez ran 24:54 at the 2010 Falcon Invitational, while senior Olivia Smid tallied a 24:57 at last year's regional race in Toledo, Ohio.

The Titans best finish at the GLR was 16th in 1997, while the best individual performance was Kim Hemstreet's 12th-place run of 21:45 in 2002. Last year, UDM was 32nd.

The women's field will feature 32 teams and over 300 runners, with nationally-ranked squads Michigan (6), Michigan State (11), Toledo (18) and Notre Dame (23) competing.

For the men, Detroit is also coming off a fourth-place finish at the HL Championship as the red, white and blue scored 98 points in the 8k.

Just like in the conference meet, UDM will bring a strong pack to the field with a numbers of runners capable of posting top-100 finishes.

Junior Martin Nelkie and senior Bob Radlich earned Second Team All-League honors at the conference championship, with Nelkie turning in a career-best 25:38 for ninth, while Radlich recorded a career time of 25:55 for 14th.

Nelkie's best 10k run was at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 2010 as he clocked a 33:42. Radlich's best time was at the event last year as he crossed the finish line in 34:54.

Sophomore Colin Creagh has a couple of top-Titan performances on the season and he ran a 35:31 10k as a rookie, while sophomore Ylli Alla had one of the best races in the GLR last season, completing the course in 33:55.

Senior Edwin Gay holds the best 10k time for the current men's team as he was the top UDM harrier in 2011 placing 155th in 33:40.

UDM has posted six top-20 finishes at the regionals in its history, with Detroit's best finish taking 16th in 1985. That year's squad was led by Titan Hall-of-Famer Ken Dubois, whose 23rd-place effort that race is still the all-time best in school history.

Detroit will face 29 other programs, with nationally-ranked teams in Wisconsin (6), Michigan (12), Indiana (20) and Notre Dame (28) set to run.