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May 26, 2017
Kendell

They say, “running is 90 percent mental and the rest is physical.” Detroit Mercy distance runner Ben Kendell lives by this adage, and was recently named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District for Track & Field/Cross Country, May 25.

Kendell, a junior, was the only runner from the Horizon League honored and the first Titan Men's Track and Field student-athlete selected since 2008. Kendell holds a 3.99 GPA as he pursues a degree in electrical engineering and continues to excel in both cross country and track and field.

In cross country last season, he was First Team All-Horizon League, claiming runner-up for the second consecutive year at the Horizon League Championship, and the first Titan to post three top-five finishes at the conference meet.  He also finished 35th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship, giving him three top-100 finishes in his career, the fourth Titan in University history to accomplish this. Overall, he posted a pair of wins and runner-up finishes on the year, while setting the University 8k record of 24:15 at the Greater Louisville Classic.

In track, he won the 3,000m at the Horizon League Indoor Championships and added a fourth-place finish in the 5,000m. Kendell set a career best in the mile, 3k and 5k during his indoor season, with four wins and three runner-up efforts.

Last fall, Kendell was named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Year (for the second consecutive year), Athletic Director Honor Roll member, Horizon League Fall Academic Honor Roll member and was on the HL All-Academic Team for cross country and track and field. He currently moves into the nomination process for an Academic All-American title, which will be announced in June.

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