UDM - Women's Track & Field Edged in Dual Meet at Oakland, 99-96

UDM - Women's Track & Field Edged in Dual Meet at Oakland, 99-96

Provided by UDM

ROCHESTER, Mich. (4/4/2015) -- In its 10th annual meet with rival Oakland, the University of Detroit Mercy women's track and field team narrowly lost on Saturday falling by just three points, 99-96, at Oakland's new facility. Detroit led after the throwing events at UDM on Friday, holding a 29-15 advantage, but fell in the dual meet despite seven event wins.

The Titans swept the top three spots in the 100 meter dash as junior Allison Garner took top honors with a time of 12.60. Freshman Brogan Holmes was second in 12.89, while classmate Alyson Hamilton placed third with a time of 13.07. Nicole Meisner also competed in the event for Detroit, finishing with a time of 14.37.

Garner and Holmes finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 meter dash. Garner had a time of 26.49 and Holmes followed in 26.97. Hamilton placed sixth out of 10 competitors in the event with a time of 28.35. Sophomore Jayona Dent earned second place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.36. Freshman Elizabeth Mullen finished fifth in 1:04.25.

Senior Hana Hunt won the 400 meter hurdles by nearly two seconds, crossing with a time of 1:08.18. Junior Grace Battista was third with a time of 1:11.48 for the Titans. Sophomore Paige Anderson was fifth (1:13.48) for Detroit. Junior Aisha Potts-Tyre was second in the 100 meter hurdles (14.90), while Battista (16.68) and Anderson (17.50) for the Titans.

Potts-Tyre won the triple jump with a leap of 10.67 meters. Junior Alexandra Lindig placed second at 9.73 meters.

The 4x400 meter relay quartet of Mullen, Hunt, junior Alani Letang and Shannon Marchant won by nearly three seconds with a winnng time of 4:04.86.

Marchant placed third in the 800 meter run (2:23.06) for the Titans. Sophomore Samantha Zakalowski (2:29.57) and Haley Morairty (2:36.51) followed in the 800 meters for Detroit.

Louisa Coppola was second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:17.98. Freshmen Taylor Smith was eighth in 10:52.63, Jenny Ponkowski finished in 11:32.90 and Sydney Shaw followed in 11:55.92.

Coppola finished third in the 1,500 meter run in 4:57.60, while freshman Sydnie Fetherolf was just being in fourth with a time of 4:58.27. Senior Zeinab Baydoun had a time of 5:10.28, Smith followed in 5:16.81 and Shaw crossed in 5:50.90 for the Titans. Baydoun placed second in the 2,000 meter steeplechase in 7:26.34, while senior teammate Sara Taylor was third in 7:41.91.

Potts-Tyre led the Detroit charge in the long jump at 5.04 meters (16' 6.5"). Hunt finished third and Anderson was fourth for the Titans. Hunt was third in the high jump (1.52 meters/4' 11.75") and Potts-Tyre followed with by reaching 1.47 meters (4' 9.75").

The 4x100 meter relay finished second to Oakland. The squad of Dent, Garner, Hamilton and Holmes finished with a time of 48.83, off the winning time by just .34 seconds.

On Friday, Detroit swept the top two spots in the hammer, discus and shot put. Sophomore Ashley Bayles won the shot put (13.32 meters/43' 8.25") in a meet record distance and also was victorious in the discus (38.17 meters/125' 2.75"), while senior Lauren Berlin set PR's in both the discus (36.82 meters/120' 9.5") and hammer throw (46.69 meters/153' 2.25"), winning the latter over Bayles, who set a PR in the event at 41.28 meters (135' 5"). Freshman Delaney O'Rourke had a throw of 33.80 meters (110' 10.75") in the hammer and 11.38 meters (37' 4") in the shot put for the Titans.

Detroit is set to return to Rochester next Saturday, April 11 for the Golden Grizzly Duals at Oakland. The Titans are also set to compete at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12.