UDM Heads to IPFW for Quadrangular

UDM Heads to IPFW for Quadrangular

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DETROIT (1/24/2014) -- It is another weekend in January meaning the University of Detroit Mercy men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be in competition. This weekend, the Titans will head to Fort Wayne, Indiana to compete in the IPFW Quadrangular at the Hillard Gates Sports Center on Saturday with the schedule slated to start at 11:00 a.m. ET.

"We're going against teams that are similar to ourselves and that gives more people a chance to win," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Guy Murray. "In the smaller meets, we try to set people up in their events so they can really learn how to race while some of the bigger meets, you just try to do the best you can and you don't always think about any strategy."

The IPFW Quadrangular will be a scored meet with Oakland, Valparaiso, IPFW, Butler, IUPUI and Xavier all in competition.

Senior Eric Lewis has helped the men's team show up in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll based on 2014 returners. His mark in the weight throw of 63 feet and 6.25 inches is ranked 30th and has put the UDM men's team at No. 140 in the early team rankings. Lewis is the two-time defending Horizon League champion in the men's weight throw.

Senior men's sprinter Charles Anthony was recognized as the Horizon League Indoor Track Runner of the Week on Tuesday. Anthony and the Titans competed on Saturday at the Jack Harvey/Red Simmons Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Anthony ran in both the 60 meter and 200 meter races and finished fifth in the 60m with a time of 7.00 third in the 200m with a mark of 22.34.

The women also came away with highlights at Michigan a week ago.

Freshman Ashley Bussing launched a toss of 12.21m in the shot put becoming just the 14th Titan to reach beyond the 40 foot mark. With her throw, she now has the 12th best all-time toss in the UDM record books.

Graduate student Shannon Marchant had a strong showing. Marchant ran the 600 meter race and finished third setting a personal best of 1:36.84 and now holds the No. 2 all-time mark in the Titan top ten. Marchant was also part of the 4x400 meter relay team with senior Brandee Hart, freshman Jayona Dent, and junior Jasmine Greene as the foursome combined for a time of 3:59.81 and a fifth place finish.

Sophomore Allison Garner, another sprinter, ran 7.90 in the preliminaries to advance to the finals in the 60 meters. In the finals, Garner improved on her time to 7.89 and finished sixth.

The next scheduled meet for Detroit is scheduled for Jan. 31 as the Titans will participate in the Findlay Open in Findlay, Ohio.

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