UDM - Potts-Tyre Earns Silver As Detroit Heads to Final Day of HL Outdoor Championships
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VALPARAISO, Ind. (5/7/16) – University of Detroit Mercy senior Aisha Potts-Tyre earned a silver medal in the heptathlon to lead the Titans on day two of the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships from Valparaiso University.
Looking to defend her title in the heptathlon from 2015, Potts-Tyre entered the day in first place by 117 points. NKU's Emily Grubb was able to make up the difference over the final three events and edged Potts-Tyre by 38 in the final standings, 4,583 to 4,545.
Potts-Tyre earned the silver medal after recording a leap of 5.34 meters in the long jump, a toss of 28.15 meters in the javelin throw and a run of 2:45.11 in the 800 meter.
The runner-up performance increased Detroit's point total to 16 through two days of action. The Titans currently sit in eighth place heading into the final day of competition.
Potts-Tyre also advances to the 100-meter hurdles finals after qualifying in 14.41, the fourth-fastest time in the event.
Freshman Kye Dozier had a strong showing in the prelims of the 400-meter dash, winning her heat and clocking in with the second-best time of 57.25.
Freshman Natalie Vizard and junior Jayona Dent just missed the finals of the 400-meter, finishing in ninth and tenth at 59.13 and 59.20, respectively.
The Titans will send three to the finals of the 100-meter dash as freshman A.J. Carnathan, sophomore Alyson Hamilton and senior Allison Garner all hit qualifying marks in the prelims on Saturday. Carnathan clocked in at 12.40, followed by Hamilton in 12.44 and Garner in 12.47.
Sophomore Brogan Holmes was on the verge of qualifying in the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash, but fell on the wrong side of the cut line in ninth place of both events. Holmes clocked in at 12.60 in the 100-meter and 25.30 in the 200-meter.
Junior Samantha Zakalowski will return to action in the finals of the 800-meter run after qualifying in the prelims with a time of 2:18.21.
Sophomore Sydnie Fetherolf closed out the second day of competition in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Fetherolf finished in 11:46.39 for a ninth-place showing, one out of scoring range.
Milwaukee and Youngstown State are tied at the top of the standings with 71 points apiece. Oakland sits just behind with 64 points, followed by Northern Kentucky with 43 and Wright State with 37.
Sunday's action will begin with field events at 11 a.m. EST, while the final running events begin at 12 p.m.