Detroit Mercy - Five Runners Go Under 20 At National Catholic Championships

Detroit Mercy - Five Runners Go Under 20 At National Catholic Championships

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (9/20/2013) -- Senior Louisa Coppola set a career and Titan record and five runners were under 20 as the University of Detroit Mercy women's cross country team competed at the 34th Annual National Catholic Championship on Friday, held at Notre Dame's Cross Country Course.

The Titans totaled 237 points in the 5k race for eighth among Division I schools at the meet as three harriers were in the top 53.

Coppola clocked a Detroit record at the event with a career-best 17:58 for 14th. The women's race started in 1984 and UDM has competed in every year as Coppola broke Kim Hemstreet's time of 18:00 in 2002 for the best time ever at the National Catholic Championship. She also became the first Titan in the top 15 since Andrea Karl was 10th in 2005.

Senior Ciara Curley-Poppe claimed 48th in 19:13, while freshman Devon Sutton was 53rd in 19:19. Another freshman Samantha Zakalowski beat the 20-minute mark taking 68th in 19:48 and junior Zeinab Baydoun crossed the finish line in 19:56 for 75th.

Senior Rachel Hofsess and junior Sara Taylor each posted a career-best at the Notre Dame event as Hofsess clocked a 20:07 for 77th and Taylor ran 20:29 for 79th. Senior Torrie Eger rounded out the Titan runners finishing 88th in 21:09.

The Titans will be back in action in two weeks when Detroit runs in the 12th Annual Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 5, held at EP "Tom" Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.