Detroit Mercy Men - Titans End Season At NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Detroit Mercy Men - Titans End Season At NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Provided by Detroit Mercy

MADISON, Wisc. (11/9/2012) -- Four Titans were in the top 150 for the Detroit men's cross country team as UDM recorded 670 points at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday afternoon. The 10k event was run on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

With their 670 points, the Titans secured 24th place, a finish that had them back in the top 25 after last year's 27th place effort.

“Actually not a bad day, but we went about it the hard way running a bit too cautious early,” said head coach Guy Murray. “We did a lot of work to get back from the back, but the NCAA regional is as tough as it gets and not many comeback to you.”

Junior Martin Nelkie posted a career run with a time of 33:39 for 122nd. It was a 32nd-place improvement from last season for the harrier, who finished as UDM's top runner for much of the year.

Senior Bob Radlich continued to excel as the season went on following his All-League performance at the HL Championship with a PR of 33:52 for 129th. It was 60 spots higher than his career finish at the event as he is just the 19th harrier in school history to run in four NCAA Regionals.

“Marty has done a good job all year and was just very steady,” said Coach Murray. “Bob had a great career and just continued to improve. He has overachieved and developed into a top cross country guy for us.”

Sophomore George Holman turned in a fine race in his first 10k as he was 133rd in 33:58.

“Holman was the dark horse of the season and he lived up to the billing in his first cross country year. His finish was great for his first regional and he has a lot of promise for the future,” added Coach Murray.

Sophomore Colin Creagh was right behind Holman taking 134th in a career-best 33:59, while sophomore Ryan Hofsess ran a 34:30 to finish just outside the top 150, taking 152nd.

“Our returnees basically all improved their finish and we got back in top 25, but I think we all felt we could've been a little better.”

The Titans will now get ready for the indoor track and field campaign.