Detroit Mercy - Four Titans In The Top 10 In Season Opener

Detroit Mercy - Four Titans In The Top 10 In Season Opener

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ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (8/30/2013) – The University of Detroit Mercy men's cross country team opened the 2013 season in fine fashion as four harriers were in the top 10 en route to a second place finish at the Golden Grizzly Open, hosted by Horizon League rival Oakland on Friday evening.

"I was very happy with the way the opener went for both teams," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Guy Murray. "We didn't want to do too much out here, but I thought we ran two smart races."

Senior Martin Nelkie and junior Ryan Hofsess were among the leaders from the very start, but it was Nelkie who was the first Titan to cross the finish line taking second in 15:52, just two seconds behind the leader.

"I didn't really have any expectations coming into the race," said Nelkie. "Once you get going, you get more into it. You feel a lot better once you get towards the top and you get more hyped up and it builds on itself."

"Louisa (Coppola) and Marty (Martin Nelkie) both showed their veteran presence today and ran their pace and their race," said Coach Murray. "Nelkie is more of a 10k runner and if this race was another two miles, it would have been right there for him."

Hofsess ended up in fifth running the race in 16:13, while freshman Ryan Leahy claimed seventh in 16:24 and senior Sam Felton came in 10th clocking a 16:41.

Sophomore Derek Gielarowski was just outside the top 10 finishing 11th in 16:44, while freshman Austin Wigent made his collegiate debut and was in the top 20 with a time of 16:59 for 17th.

With six runners in the top 20, Detroit totaled 35 points for second place.

The Titans will return to action next week as they host the Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational at Cass Benton Park in Northville. The day will start with an open 5k for the men and women at 9:30 a.m., with the annual middle school race and Tommy Titan future legends race also on deck. The collegiate races will start at 11:15 a.m., as the women run a 5k and the men a 4-mile.