UDM - Kendell Leads Titans at YSU National Invitational

UDM - Kendell Leads Titans at YSU National Invitational

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (2/7/2015) -- University of Detroit Mercy freshman Ben Kendell won the 5,000 meter run and followed it up with a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meter run to highlight the Detroit men's track and field squad Friday and Saturday at the two-day 2015 Youngstown State University National Invitational. The invitational was hosted by YSU at the WATTS indoor facility.

In his collegiate debut in the event, Kendell won the 5,000 meters on Friday in a time of 14:37.08. He won the race by more than 10 seconds. On Saturday, Kendell earned a PR in the 3,000 meters, placing second behind Oakland's Bryce Stroede with a time of 8:26.53, under the previous meet record time. Kendell had won his first two indoor races in the event and his victory in the 5,000 meters was his third indoor victory of the season.

Sophomore Ilia Panev finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.51. Jacob Whitting was 10th in the 60 meter hurdles, crossing with a time of 8.78, tying his PR set at last week's SVSU Invitational. Senior George Holman earned a PR in the 5,000 meter run, placing 12th with a time of 15:32.59.

Junior Joshua Carolin placed 11th out of 48 runners in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:56.63. Freshman Charlie Felton placed fifth in the mile run, finishing with a time of 4:17.67, just off his PR in the event.

Junior Austin Wigent crossed in 12th place out of 43 competitors in the 3,000 meters. He had a time of 8:47.40. Holman (9:06.05) and fellow senior Ylli Alla (9:06.44) finished 23rd and 24th respectively in the 3,000 meter run, while freshman Miles Kelleher earned a PR in the event with a time of 9:18.82.

Junior Colton Wirgau was the top finisher for the Titans in the 400 meter run. He had a time of 51.84. Wirgau also ran in the 500 meter dash, earning a time of 1:08.83. Freshman Zach Arnold (52.32) and sophomore Joe Harmon (52.44) also ran in the 400 meter dash for Detroit.

Junior Jake Millyard had throws of 12.06 meters (39' 7") in the shot put and 14.10 meters (46' 3.25") in the weight throw. Millyard placed 11th out of 30 competitors in the weight throw.

The Titans placed fourth in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), as the quartet of Felton, Harmon, Carolin and Wigent finished with a time of 10:13.73. The men's 4x400 meter relay squad of Wirgau, Panev, Carolin and Arnold collectively ran a time of 3:27.33 to place sixth out of 21 relay squads.

Detroit returns to the track and field next weekend at the Windsor Team Challenge on Feb. 13-14 in Windsor, Ont.