UDM - Underclassmen Help Titans Take Third At Golden Grizzly Open

UDM - Underclassmen Help Titans Take Third At Golden Grizzly Open

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DETROIT (9/1/17) – The University of Detroit Mercy men's cross country team opened its' 2017 season at the annual Golden Grizzly Open on the campus of Metro Series-rival Oakland on Friday.

The Titans placed third with 108 points in the 6k event, with a strong showing from a true freshman and the sophomore class.

Detroit Mercy will be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 9, when the program hosts the 31st Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational at Cass Benton Park in Northville. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the open races. The collegiate races are slated to start at 11:15.

Here is how the action went down at the Golden Grizzly Open:

With temperatures in the high 60's and a bit of wind, it was one of the coldest debuts in the 53 years of Titan women's cross country.

The Titans were without some veterans, with seniors Ben Kendell and Charlie Felton redshirting their fourth year due to five-year programs at the University.

The Titans had just six runners total in the race.

Detroit Mercy had three runners in the top 15 - taking 11th, 12th and 13th - as well as four in the top 25.

Freshman Thomas Mueller led the program in his debut posting a time of 19:53, the second-straight year a rookie has led the Titans in the season opener.

He was followed closely behind by sophomore Scott Smith who set a PR with a time of 19:59, 27 seconds faster than his run on the course last season.

Coming in right behind Smith was second-year harrier Adam Fraeyman, who recorded a new 6k PR by four seconds at 20:00.

Senior Greg Ingle clocked a 20:32, while sophomore Santana Scott crossed the line at 21:50.