Men’s cross country wins first ever Horizon League title
The University of Detroit Mercy men’s cross country team captured its first-ever Horizon League championship on Nov. 2, 2013. The 8k race was held at Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio.
The men had five runners in the top 11 to secure not only a team championship, but five individual All-League honors as UDM totaled 33 points, beating host Youngstown State by 39 (72) and Wright State by 42 (75). Oakland took fourth with 84 points, while Milwaukee was fifth at 89.
Prior to the championship run, UDM’s highest finish at the league meet was runner-up in 1980, 1985 and 1986, while the most All-League runners it has had at the event was three.
UDM was in position for a title right from the start as there were three runners in the top six at the first loop in the 8k course. By the time the race was at the 5k point, UDM had three harriers in the top five and the team was able to
hold strong with five in the top 11 in muddy and light rain conditions.
Earlier in the year, UDM won its first-ever race in cross country history by capturing the 27th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational.
The awards didn’t stop for the men there as head coach Guy Murray was named the Horizon League’s Men’s Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and the first time by a coach in Titan history.
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