Titans Place Second in 31st Annual Running Fit-Titan Invite

Titans Place Second in 31st Annual Running Fit-Titan Invite

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DETROIT (9/9/2017) -- Sophomore James McCann led the way for the Titans, posting a career time of 21:12 and claiming third place in the 31st Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday

The 4-mile men's race was held at Cass Benton Park in Northville.

As a team, the men came in second place with 44 points, following only Findlay who posted 30.

McCann was followed closely behind by teammate Scott Smith, who posted a career best of 21:25 for fourth.

Freshman Thomas Mueller and sophomore Adam Fraeyman also broke the top 15 spots, placing 12th and 15th respectively. Mueller posted a time of 21:45, while Fraeyman crossed the line at 21:52, a new personal best.

Senior Greg Ingle followed closely behind, placing 21st, with a time of 22:08 and sophomore Santana Scott crossed the line at 22:37 for the Titans.

The longest running Titan tradition featured men's and women's open 5k races, which included over 40 high schools, a boy's and girl's 1.5-mile middle school race and the Tommy Titan Kid's race as children nine and under raced against the lovable Titan mascot for 200-meters.

Detroit Mercy will get right back on the course as it competes in another long cross country tradition in Notre Dame's National Catholic Championships, set for Friday, Sept. 15.

Here is how the action went down at the 30th Annual Running Fit-Titan Invite:

Titan senior Ben Kendell won the collegiate race as an unattached runner in 19:59. Kendell is redshirting this year for the Titans.

Three Titan returning runners from last season set personal records on the day in McCann, Smith and Fraeyman.

McCann ran 21:38 on the course last year, while Smith had the biggest improvement by 57 seconds from his 22:22 last season.

McCann's 21:12 now ranks 16th all-time by a Titan at Cass Benton Park and tied for 25th in race history.

The meet originated as a women's only race in 1987 with the men's race beginning in 1998.