UDM - Fetherolf, Titans Run For Victory at Running Fit-Titan Invite
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DETROIT (9/9/2017) -- The individual and team crowns are back in Titan Territory as senior Sydnie Fetherolf won the 31st Annual Running Fit-Titan Invitational, held at Cass Benton Park in Northville on Saturday.
The University of Detroit Mercy totaled a brilliant score of 40 points to win its event for just the second time in school history.
Fetherolf - who was on the first winning Titan team in 2015 - became just the third harrier in school history to win the event following Louisa Coppola in 2013 and Angie Lefere in 1997. She set a new personal record in the process with a time of 18:09, crushing her old PR of 18:36.
Following behind Fetherolf was freshman Madison Burnham, who placed fourth with a time of 19:34. Next for the Titans was senior Jenny Ponkowski and freshman Aliza Hengesbach, placing seventh and eighth, with times of 19:43 and 19:45, respectively.
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:
The Titans had four runners in the top 10, five in the top 20 and seven in the top 25.
The women won for not just the second time ever, but the second time in three years joining the 2015 squad that included current Titans in Fetherolf, Ponkowski, Sydney Shaw, Taylor Smith and Annmarie Taylor.
Fetherolf's previous PR was 18:36 at last year's home event, where she finished fifth.
Her run of 18:09 was the second fastest ever by a Titan in the event, behind only Kim Hemstreet's 17:58 in 2002, and ranks 21st in the history of the meet.
Kayla Hughes earned 17th and just missed her career best by four seconds from the 20:12 she ran at Canisius last season
Sydney Shaw took 20th, a huge improvement from finishing 85th last year.
The Titan Invitational started as a women's only race in 1987 with the men's beginning the following season.