UDM - 31st Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invite Set For Saturday

UDM - 31st Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invite Set For Saturday

Provided by UDM

DETROIT (9/6/2017) -- Back for another year of excellence and tradition, the University of Detroit Mercy men's and women's cross country program will host the 31st Annual Running Fit-Titan Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The event is FREE will be held at beautiful Cass Benton Park in Northville, the only course in the event's 31-year history.

The day begins with the women's and men's open 5k races at 9:30 and 10:10 a.m., respectively. At 10:45, the 1.5-mile middle school race will begin, followed by the "world famous" Tommy Titan Future Legends Kid's Race at 11:05, a chance for all kids 9 and under to run the final 200-meters against the Titans' very own mascot.

Attention will then turn to the college races as the women's 5k is set for 11:15 a.m., with the men's 4-mile scheduled for 11:45. The victors will be honored with an award ceremony following the races.

The women's collegiate field will feature eight teams as the Titans will race against Findlay, Lawrence Tech, Macomb CC, Oakland, Schoolcraft, Ursuline, and Wayne State.

The men's event will also feature eight competitors in Eastern Michigan, Findlay, Lawrence Tech, Macomb CC, Oakland, Schoolcraft and Wayne State.

The event started as a women's only race in 1987 with the men's beginning the following season.

The Detroit Mercy women will look to build off of an impressive finish last year. Sydnie Fetherolf was the top Titan in 2016, finishing sixth in 19:01. Close behind her was Jenny Ponkowski, who claimed 14th with a time of 19:36 and Taylor Smith just behind her at 19:38 for 15th.

The women won the event in 2015 and have two individual championships as Louisa Coppola was victorious in 2013 in 18:38 and Angie Lefere ran to victory with a time of 18:50 in 1997. Detroit Mercy Hall-of-Famer Kim Hemstreet - the lone Titan to ever run in the NCAA Division I Championship - holds the best time in school history at Cass Benton Park with a 17:58 mark in 2002, while Nicole Edwards of Michigan holds the women's collegiate 5k record with a 17.19 in 2008.

The men were fourth last season, but were led by Ben Kendell, who won the race in 20:24, just the third Titan in school history to win the home event.

James McCann was the next Titan to cross the finish line in 21:38 for 21st, while Santana Scott placed 25th in 21:49.

The men have won the event once too, claiming the title in 2013. That was the same year Martin Nelkie became just the second Titan to ever win on Detroit Mercy's home course, with a time of 20:44. Chris McPhee is the only other Titan to cross the finish line first as he was the victor in 1999 and 2001, with his time of 20:04 in 1999 still ranking first in school history. The men's collegiate 4-mile record is held by Chad Johnson of Hansen's Olympic Development Program as he clocked a 19:45 in 2000, while Wayne State's Nick Allen holds the collegiate record at 19:51 in 2003.

There will be no live scoring, but fans can track the action on twitter by following the Titan Cross Country/Track and Field account at @DetroitTitanTnF and using #tommytitanxc.