Kendell Paces UDM At 28th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational
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NORTHVILLE, Mich. (9/6/2014) – Freshman Ben Kendell was in the top 10 for the second-straight week as the men's cross country team hosted the 28th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday at Cass Benton Park.
"Overall, a great day of cross country," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Guy Murray '89. "Everything pulled together nicely after some doubts with those storms going through last night. It is truly is a team effort that makes this event great and the Titan track & field student athletes do great work on the meet management effort."
Detroit was fourth in the collegiate 4-mile race with 90 points, trailing only Wayne State (64), Eastern Michigan (56) and Bucknell (38) in the 12-team field. The victorious Bison are coached by Titan alum and former track and field and cross country coach Kevin Donnor.
"We are a bit banged up at the moment and missing some key guys," said Coach Murray. "We did a great job up front and it was a good competitive race with some good runners and we did well racing."
Kendell posted a time of 20:39 for sixth overall. The run was the fastest time ever by a Titan rookie as well as No. 3 all-time by a Titan harrier at Cass Benton Park.
"A tremendous race by Ben," said Coach Murray. "He did a nice job finding the steady pace and holding it on lap two."
Senior Colin Creagh was just outside the top 10 placing 11th in 20:54, beating his Cass Benton PR by 13 seconds. Junior Derek Gielarowski was also in the top 20 taking 16th in 21:11, his event PR by 36 seconds and that time also moved him to ninth in school history on the course.
"Colin is where we hoped he would be and is really ready for a good season," added Coach Murray.
Sophomore Ryan Leahy crossed the finish line in 21:41, while freshman Charlie Felton was 46th in 22:06.
Senior Ylli Alla took 58th with a time of 22:45 and senior George Holman recorded a 23:22 for 69th. Sophomore Joshua Carolin tallied a 23:46 for 75th and freshman Miles Kelleher came in 79th with a run of 23:59.
A few Titan alums ran in the race with Martin Nelkie placing 17th in 21:12. Sam Felton was 44th in 21:59, Bob Radlich posted a 23:26 for 70th and Zach Bolton was 86th in 24:22. Former Olympic Trials runner and multiple Titan open champion Matt Fecht was eighth in 20:49.13.
The day started with a couple of open races with the men's and women's 5k, which was followed by the ever-growing 1.5-mile middle school race. The world famous Tommy Titan kid's race then went off as children 9 and under got a chance to be a part of the action by running the final 200-meters against the lovable Titan mascot.
"It was a great day for racing and I would like to thank all the individuals, schools, fans and alums who came out," said Coach Murray. "We had some alums take part in the race and it is great for them to come back and be part of this tradition."
Detroit will have a week off before heading to Notre Dame to take part in the National Catholic Championships on Sept. 19.