UDM - Fetherolf Named Horizon League Freshman Of The Year As Titans Take Fifth In Conference Championships

UDM - Fetherolf Named Horizon League Freshman Of The Year As Titans Take Fifth In Conference Championships

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KENOSHA, Wis. (11/1/2014) -- Sydnie Fetherolf was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year as she led four Titan runners in the top 27 as the University of Detroit Mercy women's cross country team competed in the Horizon League Championships on Saturday at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course.

"We ran our best race of the season and improved our score from last year," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Guy Murray '89. "A great feat for a young team running their first 6k and we had nearly everyone hit a PR."

She is the first Titan in school history to win the Freshman of the Year as the Horizon League changed it from Newcomer to Freshman of the Year last season. Stacey Lenard was selected the HL Newcomer of the Year as a freshman back in 1995.

Detroit posted 112 points for fifth place trailing a tight field in Youngstown State (71), Milwaukee (84), Oakland (89) and UIC (93). It was also the first 6k race of the season for the Titans.

Detroit had just seven runners in its history break the 23-minute barrier in a 6k until today as three Titans put their name in the record book.

Fetherolf led Detroit and took 10th overall with a time of 22:19 to earn Second Team All-Horizon League. She is the first Titan freshman to win All-League honors since Angie Lefere won the event in 1997. Her time is also the 14th fastest 6k in school history.

"Sydnie ran a great race," said Coach Murray. "She was moving up the entire race. A great year for her and she has a bright future."

Senior Zeinab Baydoun just missed All-League accolades as the fourth-year harrier was 16th in 22:33, a new career low by nearly two minutes over her 24:04 at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. It also moved her to 18th in UDM history for a 6k.

"Zeinab battled well and just missed the All-League spot that she deserved for her season. She did a great job running and managing the nursing immersion program this season," added Coach Murray.

Freshman Taylor Smith was 22nd crossing the finish line in 22:50, the 22nd best 6k time in the school record book.

Senior Sara Taylor set a personal record by 37 seconds as she was 27th in 23:00, besting her previous low of 23:37 at last year's Penn State National. It was also her best Horizon League finish in her four years.

Sophomore Devon Sutton claimed 37th in a career-best 23:15. Freshman Jenny Ponkowski took 52nd with a run of 24:17 and sophomore Samantha Zakalowski placed 55th with a time of 24:27.

Rounding out the Titan runners in their first-ever collegiate 6k was freshmen Sydney Shaw's 25:00 for 73rd and Jenna Hickson's 26:45 for 93rd.

The race was also part of the new Metro Series rivalry between Detroit and Oakland as the Golden Grizzlies were awarded the two points for their higher finish in the standings.

The Titans will now get ready for their second-straight 6k race as they will run in the annual Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 14, held at the Zimmer Championship Course on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.