UDM - 4x400 Outdoor Relay Record Highlights Women’s Track & Field Weekend

UDM - 4x400 Outdoor Relay Record Highlights Women’s Track & Field Weekend

Provided by UDM

DETROIT (4/23/16) – The University of Detroit Mercy women's track and field team turned in a strong performance from the Virginia Challenge and the Al Owens Classic on Friday and Saturday.

The Titan women continue to build towards the Horizon League Outdoor Championships, which are rapidly approaching just two weeks away.


61 different U.S. colleges and universities were represented at the Virginia Challenge on the campus of the University of Virginia, with more than 1,200 student-athletes in competition.

Aisha Potts-Tyre kicked off the heptathlon with a 26.36 run in the 200-meter dash and backed it up with a mark of 14.85 in the 100-meter hurdles. Potts-Tyre cleared 1.48 meters in the high jump and tossed the longest distance in the shot put at 12.25 meters.

Potts-Tyre placed first in the heptathlon shot put with a toss of 12.25 meters. After four events, Potts-Tyre sits in sixth place with 2905 points and is just 72 points off her program record pace. She began the day with a 14.85 in the 100-meter hurdle, before clocking in at 12.37 in the 100-meter dash. She cleared 1.48 meters in the high jump and closed the day with a time of 26.36 in the 200-meter dash.

Potts-Tyre returned to action for the final three events of the heptathlon on Saturday and bounced back from a 5.30-meter leap in the long jump to toss the javelin 26.87 meters (88'2"). She closed the heptathlon with a 2:51 800-meter run for 4,411 total points and 11th place finish.

Allison Garner was in action in the 100-meter dash and clocked in at 12.37.


More than 20 teams descended upon the campus of GVSU for the Al Owens Classic. The Titans placed seven in the top-10 during Saturday's action.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Jayona Dent, Natalie Vizard, Elizabeth Mullen and Kye Dozier set a Titan outdoor record with a time of 3:50.86. Dent ran the first leg in 58.9, while Vizard ran the second in 58.0, Mullen at 58.1 and Dozier at anchor in 55.7 to propel the Titans to a third-place finish.

In the 400-meter dash, Kye Dozier led the Titans with a mark of 57.53, followed by Jayona Dent at 58.56. Dozier's time was the fourth-best time in the field, while Dent finished with the eighth-fastest mark.

Dent set a personal record in the 200-meter dash at 25.49, the 10th fastest time in program history. Alyson Hamilton and A.J. Carnathan also set personal records in the event with times of 25.63 and 25.79, respectively.

Sydnie Fetherolf debuted in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and made a statement with a time of 11:57.91, good for fifth-place and the ninth-fastest time in Titan history.

Natalie Peterson led the Titans in the 100-meter hurdles at 17.19, followed by Paige Anderson at 17.84.

The Titans placed two near the top of the 100-meter dash, with Carnathan and Hamilton finishing in 10th and 11th with times of 12.53 and 12.54, respectively.

Carnathan, Dent, Vizard and Hamilton led Detroit to a fifth-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay at 47.88.

In the 800-meter run, Samantha Zakalowski paced the Titans with a time of 2:18.31, the 13th-best time in the field. Mullen and Haley Morairty followed at 2:22.70 and 2:23.67, respectively.

Grace Battista finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.12, while Peterson clocked in at 1:11.56.


Following this weekend, the track and field program returns to action on Tuesday for the 11th Annual Dual vs. Oakland from Titan Field.