UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. -- With their strength set at mid-distance and distance running, the men's track & field team was primed for a strong all-around day at the annual Doug Hansen Open hosted by Saginaw Valley State University.
The Mustangs ran out three strong runners in the one mile event led by senior Anthony Butler (Lincoln Park, Mich./Roosevelt). Butler, flanked by sophomores Robert Crockett (Detroit, Mich./King) and Akil Prowell (Detroit, Mich./Crockett), entered the one mile event after a strong cross country season mixed into preseason track conditioning.
Crockett would lead all Mustangs in the one mile by nipping Butler and Prowell with a time of 5:03. Butler would come in at 5:10, while Prowell worked his way to getting his legs underneath him with a time of 5:31.
In the 800m, track & field newcomer Gaoussou Cisse (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) raced his way to a two-minute-twenty-eight-second time.
Changing pace, two Mustangs entered the 200m event when freshmen Franz Beauregard (Detroit, Mich./Macomb CC) and Lovell Walker (Detroit, Mich./Allen Academy) lined up against the NCAA Division II competition. Walker would finish three seconds off the first place pace with a 26.21, while Beauregard clocked in at 27.68. The pair would finish seventh and eighth respectively.
Beauregard would later finish the 400m with a time of 1:08.
In the 3000m run, Prowell hit stride for a seventh place finish after crossing the line at 10:47. Freshman Jonathon Rutkowski (Riverview, Mich./Gabriel Richard) finished ninth after clocking in at 11:55.
Lining up in their only relay event in the 4x400, teammates Butler, Crockett, George Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford), and Jalen Wilson (Detroit, Mich./CMA), toppled two other teams to finish fourth overall. The foursome finished the 4x400 in 3:39, twelve seconds off the lead.
The Mustangs return to the track next week at the annual Mike Lints Open at Grand Valley State University.