UDM - Detroit Tallies Four Top-15 Performances For Second On Saturday

UDM - Detroit Tallies Four Top-15 Performances For Second On Saturday

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NORTHVILLE, Mich. (9/12/2015) -- Sophomore Ben Kendell nailed a personal record in his season debut as the University of Detroit Mercy men's cross country team earned runner-up at the 29th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday.

The 4-mile race was held on a cool fall day at Cass Benton Park in Northville, which provided the backdrop for a few Titan personal records on the day.

Detroit posted 60 points in the event, trailing only Eastern Michigan's 44. Oakland was third with 65, Wayne State fourth with 79 and Findlay claimed fifth at 126 points.

Kendell led the charge claiming fourth overall in 20:24, a new PR by 15 seconds from his time last year. It was also Kendell's – the 2014 Horizon League Freshman of the Year – first race of the season as he sat out the opener.

Senior Ryan Hofsess –All-Horizon League in 2013 - returned to the squad after missing last year with an injury and he was right back upfront taking fifth in 20:33. The time was his best at the event in four races, beating the 20:49 he clocked in 2013.

Senior Derek Gielarowski - who has run on the same course since middle school - recorded a PR by 28 seconds in placing sixth with a 20:43 tally. His previous 4-mile career time was 21:11 at the race last year.

Senior Austin Wigent also set a career mark by 28 seconds finishing in 12th place with a 21:15. He had a 21:43 run when the Titans won the race back in 2013.

Sophomore Cody Smith took 38th in 22:31, while sophomore Miles Kelleher was 50th in 23:24, a new career mark by 35 seconds. Senior Joshua Carolin rounded up the Titan harriers crossing the finish line in 24:04 for 62nd.

The day started with the men's and women's open 5k races followed by the 1.5-mile middle school race. The famous Tommy Titan kids race then occurred as the Titans mascot raced against all the kids nine and under, running the final 200-meters.

Detroit will now get ready for its annual trip to Notre Dame to run in the National Catholic Championship, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, at the Notre Dame Golf Course.