UDM - Men's Track & Field Falls to Oakland in Annual Dual Meet

UDM - Men's Track & Field Falls to Oakland in Annual Dual Meet

Provided by UDM

ROCHESTER, Mich. (4/4/2015) -- In the 10th annual dual meet between the two schools, the University of Detroit Mercy men's track and field team fell to rival Oakland University on Saturday in the first meet at Oakland's new track and field facility.

Detroit entered the dual with the Golden Grizzlies with an 8-1 record all-time, but fell 107.5-61.5. It's the first time in six years that Oakland has defeated the Titans in the dual meet.

Sophomore Khalil Parris won the 400 meter dash by more than one second for the Titans. He crossed with a time of 49.54. Parris also anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay that included junior Joshua Carolin, sophomore Ilia Panev and sophomore Jacob Whitting. The team earned a time of 3:29.89 to edge Oakland's "A" team by .18 seconds.

Detroit also won the 4x100 meter relay as the quartet of freshman Zach Arnold, sophomore Joe Harmon, sophomore Zach Sand and junior Colton Wirgau finished with a time of 44.10.

Freshman Ben Kendell and sophomore Ryan Leahy placed second and third in the 3,000 meter run for the Titans. Kendell ran a time of 8:47.61, while Leahy had a time of 8:58.47.

Carolin placed fourth in the 800 meter run for the Titans, finishing with a time of 2:01.18. Freshman Max Rogowski finished the 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.01. In the Mile Run, junior Austin Wigent placed fourth for the Titans with a time of 4:35.28. Senior Ylli Alla had a time of 4:52.92 and freshman Miles Kelleher crossed in 4:59.94.

Arnold led the Titans in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes, finishing with times of 11.33 and 23.58, respectively. It was Arnold's collegiate debut in the 100 meter dash. Whitting led Detroit in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.94 and Panev finished the event in 17.07. Panev also ran the 400 meter hurdles, placing second in 57.23.

Whitting also competed in the pole vault (2.75 meters/9' 0.25") and long jump (5.01 meters/16' 5.25") for the Titans. Sand had Detroit's best distance in the long jump, placing third with a leap of 5.83 meters (19' 1.5").

In the 2,000 meter steeplechase, Alla had a time of 6:35.11 and senior George Holman followed, crossing the line with a time of 6:55.97.

In Friday's results, senior Colin Cashner broke the Titan Field Stadium record in the hammer with a throw of 62.28 meters (204' 4"), which was just shy of the Detroit track and field school record in the event. Cashner's distance was also a Oakland vs. Detroit meet record. He led a sweep of the hammer throw as senior Eric Lewis and junior Jake Millyard finished in second and third, respectively. Lewis also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 13.29 meters (43' 7.25").

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.