UDM - Gielarowski, Hoekstra Place As Titans Prepare for Final Day of HL Outdoor Championships

UDM - Gielarowski, Hoekstra Place As Titans Prepare for Final Day of HL Outdoor Championships

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (5/7/16) – University of Detroit Mercy senior Derek Gielarowski and freshman Jarod Hoekstra earned points for Detroit on day two of the 2016 Horizon League Outdoor Championships, while several other Titans positioned themselves with strong qualifying times.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Derek Gielarowski earned three points for the Titans after crossing the line in sixth-place at 9:39.29.

Freshman Jarod Hoekstra finished strong in the final five events of the decathlon to earn a hard-earned point for the Titans in his debut. Hoekstra clocked in at 18.40 in the 110-meter hurdles, cleared 2.75 meters in the pole vault, threw 23.18 meters (76') in the discus and 26.5 meters (86'11") in the javelin, before closing out the decathlon with a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at 5:01.30. Hoekstra finished in eighth place with 4,378 points, becoming just the fifth Titan to finish the 10-event challenge.

Gielarowski and Hoekstra's points give the Titans 12 through two day's worth of action. Detroit is currently in sixth place, with a plethora of scoring opportunities remaining on Sunday.

Freshman Nick Scalzi just missed the scoring range of the discus, placing 11th after a toss of 43.32 meters (142'1").

Detroit will send a pair to the 800-meter run finals after senior Ryan Hofsess and freshman Anton Webster finished qualifying with the second and third-fastest times. Hofsess clocked in at 1:56.90, while Webster finished in 1:57.34. Senior Joshua Carolin nearly gave the Titans a trio in the finals, but just missed after running the race in 1:57.94.

Junior Ilia Panev qualified for the 110-meter hurdle finals after finishing the preliminary round in 15.35.

Junior Khalil Parris heads to the finals of the 400-meter dash after posting the second-best time of 48.30 in the qualifying round.

Parris also heads to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles after posting the fastest qualifying time in 53.26, more than two seconds ahead of the next fastest time. Panev joins Parris in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles after finishing in 57.73.

The Titans had a pair of narrow misses for the finals of the 400-meter, with freshman Carlton Sims finishing ninth in the qualifying round at 49.63, just a fraction behind the eighth-place time. Meanwhile, sophomore Zach Arnold set a personal record with an 11th place finish at 50.07.

Youngstown State leads the way with 99 points through two days of competition. Milwaukee is second with 74 points, followed by Valparaiso with 68 and Oakland with 65. Northern Kentucky is just ahead of Detroit with 19 points.

Sunday's action will begin with field events at 11 a.m. EST, while the final running events begin at 12 p.m.