Detroit Mercy - Men Sit in Third After Day One; Lewis Breaks Own School Record

Detroit Mercy - Men Sit in Third After Day One; Lewis Breaks Own School Record

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (2/23/2013) -- Junior Eric Lewis broke his own school record on Saturday and captured first place in the weight throw as the Titans sit in third place overall after the first day of competition at the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Youngstown State at the Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS). The Titans ended the day with 27 points.

Lewis' had another record-breaking throw in the weight with a launching of 19.36m/63-6.25 to set a new facility record and giving Detroit 10 points with the first-place finish. He dominated his old personal best of 17.82m, set at the Windsor Team Challenge earlier this year, and shattered his mark of 17.67m that won last year's Horizon League indoor weight throw title.

Ja'Quan Patterson posted four jumps above seven meters in the long jump and set a new personal best of 7.17m/23-6.25, which was good for a second place and added another eight points for UDM.

The heptathlon had Taylor Hennrick finish third in the 60 meter dash (7.33) and second in the long jump with a new indoor personal record 6.48m/21-3.25. Hennrick also had a PR in the shot put with a throw of 11.14m/36-6.75, good for second, and added another PR in the high jump at 1.80m/5-10.75. He closed day one in second place in the event, 217 points behind Dan Simon of Milwaukee with three events left.

Also in the heptathlon was Anthony Donald and Jeffrey Senecal as Donald had a new PR in the long jump at 6.31m/20-8.50 for third and Jeffrey Senecal was fourth (6.03m/19-9.5). Overall, Donald sits in fourth and Senecal is fifth.

Charles Anthony advanced to the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 6.98, while in the 200 meter race, he set a new career record of 22.09, and just missed the final qualifying spot by .01 earning ninth.

Joe Raffin posted a time of 49.49 in the 400-meter race vaulting him into the eighth seed for tomorrow's final, while Vince Lefler set a new career mark in 50.02 and another young Titan in freshman Colton Wirgau set a new personal best clocking a 51.19.

In the 800m, freshman Joshua Carolin ran for a UDM rookie record of 1:54.87, holding on for an eighth place finish to move into the final qualifying spot in a field paced by Declan Murray of Loyola (holds the current NCAA #4 time). Carolin was not the only Titan with a rookie record in the 800m as Alex Wesche ran a 1:54.94 for the ninth position.

In the 5000-meter distance race, Edwin Gay finished seventh and just out of scoring range with a time of 15:26.44, while Martin Nelkie was just ahead and placed in the elusive sixth position with a mark of 15:15.30, earning a point for the Titans.

The distance medley team took home eight points by taking runner-up with a time of 10:12.78 as Ryan Hofsess (3:07.3), Anthony Donald (49.6), Chris Smalley (1:56.7), and Bob Radlich (10:12.78) anchoring helped Detroit to the second spot.

Live scoring and video of Sunday's events will be available with coverage on the Horizon League Network starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.