Detroit Mercy - Five Harriers In The Top 150 At NCAA Great Lakes Regional
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MADISON, Wis. (11/15/2013) – A pair of Detroit runners were in the top 100 and five Titans were in the top 150 as the 2013 HL champion University of Detroit Mercy men's cross country team took part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship, hosted by Wisconsin at the 10k Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.
UDM totaled 566 points to earn 19th, its first top-20 finish since taking 19th in 2008, and tied for the sixth best mark in school history at the GLR. It was also the first time since 2008 that Detroit had two runners in the top 100 and the Titans defended their Horizon League title as the league's top team in the meet.
"We did a good job to get back into the top 20," said Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Guy Murray. "It was a good finish to a year that went as good as we could have hoped for. We had a great group that worked hard all year long."
Senior Martin Nelkie led the way by placing 75th in a career-best 32:24, more than a minute better than his previous 10k PR. He also improved his region finish from a year ago by 47 spots and had the best finish by a Titan since Pat Liederbach took 41st in 2010.
"Marty ran his normal race and was great," said Coach Murray. "It was our seventh best run by a Titan and he also is the 20th Titan to run in four NCAA regionals."
Junior Ryan Hofsess was 98th in a career-best 32:57, more than a minute and a half faster than his 10k time a year ago.
"Ryan did a great job after having a cold all week and he improved by 54 places from 2012," said Coach Murray. "His improvement all year was a big key to our championship season."
Sophomores Derek Gielarowski and Austin Wigent made their NCAA regional debut as Gielarowski was 112th in 33:15 and Wigent took 132nd in 33:31.
"Derek ran a great race," said Coach Murray. "He was patient and finished strong. Austin had a nice 10k debut and just had a fantastic year after his redshirt season."
Junior George Holman set a new personal record with a run of 33:45 for 149th. Senior Sam Felton ran in his first NCAA GLR and was 160th in 34:15, while junior Ylli Alla was 180th in 34:58.
The Titans finished the season as Horizon League champions for the first time in school history as five Detroit runners earned All-Horizon League. Earlier in the year, UDM won its' first-ever race defending its home course at the 27th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational.