UDM Women - Seniors Lead The Way For Titans In Season Opener

UDM Women - Seniors Lead The Way For Titans In Season Opener

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DETROIT (9/1/17) – The University of Detroit Mercy women's cross country team placed four runners in the top 25 and five in the top 30 as the Titans opened the 2017 campaign at the Golden Grizzly Open on Friday.

The Titans finished in third place with a score of 83 points in the 4k event, held on the campus of Metro Serie- rival Oakland.

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 34 years of Titan women's cross country.

Senior Sydnie Fetherolf took fifth place with a time of 14:35, a new PR by 20 seconds over the 14:55 she had at Oakland in 2014.

It was also her sixth career top-10 mark, and third at the Golden Grizzly Open.

Senior Jenny Ponkowski placed 16th with a time of 15:32, helping the Titans lower their average score.

Freshman Madison Burnham impressed in her collegiate debut posting a time of 15:37 for 20th.

Just behind Burnham was freshman Aliza Hengesbach, who crossed the line at 15:39.

Sophomore Kayla Hughes finished in 29th place with a career-best 15:59, nearly two minutes faster than her 17:15 at the event last season.

Sophomore Sarah DeDolph and freshman Aliza Hengesbach made their Titan debuts.