Titan Harriers Back To Work

Titan Harriers Back To Work

Provided by Detroit Mercy

DETROIT (8/20/2013) -- In the past two weeks, both the men's and women's soccer team arrived back on campus and now it's time for the University of Detroit Mercy men's and women's cross country program to get going as the Titan runners reported back to campus yesterday.

The teams took care of all their pre-practice meetings and had a light practice on Monday to get ready for this morning's annual time trial at Palmer Park. The first test put the women through 2.25 miles which was won by freshman Devon Sutton in 14:06, while the men ran at 4 miles paced by senior Martin Nelkie's 20:46.

"The time trial was ok. You have the time trial to sort things out and see where we are at with mileage," Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Guy Murray, who is entering his 21st season as a coach at his alma mater. "Both teams have potential, but you don't want to make the time trial the biggest day of the year. The biggest key to the season is keeping everyone healthy."

Some other courses that the Titans will train on in the next week will be at Belle Isle, Cass Benton Park, Heritage Park and Kensington Metropark.

The men's team returns five of its top seven runners from last year's Horizon League Championship, including Nelkie along with five other upperclassmen and the women have four of their top seven back led by First Team All-League selection Louisa Coppola.

The Titans will have almost two weeks of practice under their belt before the season opener at the Golden Grizzly Open in Rochester Hills on Aug. 30.

Just a week later, UDM will host the 27th Annual Running Fit - Detroit Titan Invitational at Cass Benton Park in Northville on Sept. 7.