UDM - Women Capture Title At 29th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational
Provided by UDM
NORTHVILLE, Mich. (9/12/2015) -- Three runners in the top 10, five in the top 15 and all six in the top 18 was the right combination for the University of Detroit Mercy women's cross country team as the Titans won the 29th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday.
Detroit totaled 50 points in the 5k race, held on a cool fall day at Cass Benton Park in Northville.
The victory was the first for the women in its home race in school history as the event originally started as a women's only showdown in 1987.
Due to a couple of injuries, the women had only six runners and the Titans needed the best from everyone and got just that. Five of the six harriers set personal records to make some school history, and that started with a strong pack upfront.
Sophomore Sydnie Fetherolf was the top Titan for the second-straight week earning sixth in 19:01, a new personal record by one second over the 19:02 she had last year on the course.
Junior Devon Sutton went under her career mark by nine seconds as she was seventh in 19:08, besting her previous mark she set at the event in 2013. Junior Samantha Zakalowski shattered her career 5k time by 33 seconds as she claimed eighth in 19:15, beating the 19:48 she ran at the National Catholic Championship as a freshman.
Sophomore Jenny Ponkowski set a PR by 12 seconds taking 14th in 19:36, shooting past her previous 5k time of 19:48 at Notre Dame last season, while sophomore Taylor Smith posted a 19:38 in her first race on the course as she missed last year's event with an injury.
The fifth and final PR on the day came from sophomore Sydney Shaw as she finished 18th in 20:08, 21 seconds better than her time at the Greater Louisville Classic as a freshman.
Cleary was second with 74 points, while Oakland placed third with 81. Wayne State (82), Macomb Community College (134), Tiffin (149), Cleveland State (156) and Findlay (157) rounded out the team field.
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 on the course's 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.