With HL Indoor Championships Approaching, Titan Indoor Track and Field Makes Final Preparations

With HL Indoor Championships Approaching, Titan Indoor Track and Field Makes Final Preparations

Provided by Detroit Mercy

DETROIT (2/14/2013) -- It's the final tune-up before the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships and the men's and women's indoor track and field teams from the University of Detroit Mercy will have two different meets this weekend with the Grand Valley State Tune-Up Friday evening in Allendale and the Silverston Invitational Saturday in Ann Arbor.

The GVSU Tune-Up will start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday evening with the 5000 meter distance run and the weight throw. The Silverston will begin Saturday with the throwing events at 10:30 a.m.

The Horizon League Indoor Championships will be Feb. 23-24 in Youngstown, Ohio hosted by Youngstown State.

Last weekend saw Detroit send a small group of athletes to the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale while the majority of the team went to Canada to participate in the Windsor Team Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.

In Windsor on the women's side, freshman Aisha Potts-Tyre was named the Horizon League Indoor Field Athlete of the Week after finishing fourth in the pentathlon. Potts-Tyre, competing in the pentathlon for just the second time in her collegiate career, finished with 3,010 points. That mark was just 14 points behind the school's current record holder, Ashley Schinske, who had a total of 3,024 points during the 2009 indoor season. Potts-Tyre had just made her collegiate debut in the pentathlon last week at Youngstown State (2/1-2) finishing with 2,825 points to place eighth and set a new UDM rookie record.

In the women's 300 meter race, Brandee Hart clocked in with a time of 41.32 to set the new No. 3 time on the all-time Titan list while Jasmine Greene moved in right behind her at No. 4 with a mark of 41.71. Hart added a new season-best in the 60 meter hurdles clocking in at 8.99 that gave her a fifth place finish.

Hart and Greene were both part of the 4x400 meter relay team as the team finished at 4:04.59 and a second place finish. Hart (1:01.5) led off and Alani Letang (1:02.1), Nikia Duncan (1:01.7), and Greene (59.3) had the anchor leg.

On the men's side and also at Windsor, Eric Lewis set a meet record in the men's weight throw and improved on his UDM record established at last year's Horizon League Indoor Championships. This time around, he had a throw of 17.82m/58-5 to capture first place in the event and improve on his old mark of 17.67m/57-11.5.

In the 60 meter hurdles, junior Steven Ivanics came out in first place and set a new personal best with a time of 8.28 and capture the No. 4 all-time Titan mark while Vince Lefler was just behind at 8.47 in third.

Senior Edwin Gay took a personal record of his own as a strong finish helped him complete the 3000 meter race with a time of 8:49.73.

At Grand Valley State, Joe Raffin and Bob Radlich were the lone male competitors at GVSU on Friday. Raffin ran in the 400 meter race and finished 18th overall with a time of 49.63 setting a new season-best while in the mile run, Radlich ran 4:16.44 to place 27th and establish a new personal best and also move past 1935 Titan All-American William Daly's mark of4:16.6 giving Radlich the new No. 6 mark on the all-time Titan list.

Raffin also competed in Windsor on Saturday and anchored a Titan 4x400 meter relay victory as the team finished with an overall time of 3:24.89. Lefler (51.0), Anthony Donald (50.9), Colton Wirgau (51.9), and Raffin (51.1) helped the team to the win.

Detroit will head to Youngstown State for the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 23-24.