UDM Men - Titans Records Fall as Detroit Rolls in First Event of the Indoor Season

UDM Men - Titans Records Fall as Detroit Rolls in First Event of the Indoor Season

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (12/4/15) – The University of Detroit Mercy men's track and field team began the 2016 indoor season with a bang at the Blue and Gold Invite on the campus of the University of Notre Dame Friday night.

Along competitors from Notre Dame, DePaul, Marquette, Northern Illinois and Bethel University, Detroit shined in its first match of the season. The Titans finished with six top-two places and even saw a record fall.

"Great start," said head coach Guy Murray '89. "We had veterans picking up where they left off and lots of potential shown by the rookies."

Ilia Panev blazed through the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles with a pace of 8.47 to head to the finals with the fastest time, and improved his pace to 8.37 to take first in the event. No other hurdler matched either of Panev's marks.

Khalil Parris led the 600-meter run until the final strides before finishing second, while setting a Detroit track and field record of 1:19.63. The mark tops the previous record set by Jack Szczepaniuk in 2000 with a time of 1:20.39.

"Khalil had a great day," said Murray. "UDM records falling this early in the season is a great sign for things to come."

The Titans dominated the one-mile run, with Joshua Carolin and Colin Hooker finishing first and second, respectively. Carolin led the pack with a blazing time of 4:28.50, followed by Hooker, who set a personal record with a 4:29.91 pace.

Colton Wirgau finished sixth in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:24.54, followed by Andrew Heitzhaus in seventh and Nathaniel Nunez in ninth.

In the weight throw, junior Colin Cashner finished third with a toss of 17.75 meters, while Jake Millyard came in ninth and Nick Scalzi finished 11th.

Scazli finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 14.18 meters, followed by Millyard in 11th.

Freshman Jarod Hoekstra debuted in the long jump and finished in fifth with a jump of 5.27 meters.

Sophomore Zach Arnold paced Detroit in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 10th with a 23.10 mark. Arnold edged Panev, who finished in 11th just 0.07 seconds behind his pace. Espinosa followed in 13th and Harmon finished 14th in the event.

In the 400-meter dash, Carlton Sims led the Titans with a 49.70 time, which was good for seventh in the field. Anton Webster followed Sims with a 50.38 mark, the 10th quickest time in the event. Arnold finished the event in 12th, followed by junior Joe Harmon in 17th.

In the 60-meter dash, freshman Christian Espinosa began his collegiate career with a 7.21 mark and 10th-place finish.

The combination of Sims, Webster, Panev and Parris broke the December record for Detroit in the 4x400 meter relay, finishing in second with a sub-3:20 mark of 3:18.81.

Also in the 4x400 meter relay, Harmon, Heitzhaus, Wirgau and Whittling finished in seventh and Espinosa, Nunez, Hoekstra and Sand finished in 10th.


The Titans will take a brief break over the holiday season and continue performance training until their next match Jan. 15 at the Bob Eubanks Open from Grand Valley State University.