PRINCETON, N.J. - In their final race before the Patriot League Championships at Lafayette College in two weeks, the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams competed in a very strong field at the Princeton University Invitational on Saturday morning.
Competing on the Princeton Cross Country Course, the Loyola men were part of a 23-team field that included 226 runners. The Loyola women's team competed among 22 teams and 215 runners. The Loyola men's team finished 20th while the women's team placed 17th. Columbia won the men's race by placing three runners among the top eleven finishers. In the women's race, Iona College edged runner-up Columbia for the title.
“We are pretty pleased with how we performed today,” said Loyola Coach Amy Horst. “Our athletes performed very well and we did some very good things. I am pleased with the way our women's team is coming together. Alex Saffaldi also had an outstanding finish in the men's race. This was a good warm up for the Patriot League meet in two weeks at Lafayette.
Saffaldi used his strong finish to take 80th place in the men's race with a time of 25:30.1, edging out a host of runners who were right behind him. Senior Thomas Porth was the Greyhounds' second-best finisher with a time of 26:49.0, good for 130th place.
Senior Bradley Beard was right behind Porth at 132nd place with a time of 26:51.7. Freshman Samuel Williams claimed captured 139th place with a time of 27:34.1 as sophomore Alex Buchholz finished 140th with a time of 27:39.8.
Senior Zach Nurenberg (27:59.1) and sophomore Tyler Schoch (28:40.0) completed the contingent of Loyola runners.
On the women's side, junior Cordelia McGinn led Loyola to its 17th place finish as the Greyhounds nipped Rider. McGinn took 82nd place with a time of 23:12.0. Freshman Kayleigh Caggiano was right behind her teammate as she finished the course with a time of 23:13.2 to finish 84th. Junior Sarah Askins had a time of 23:13.8 to take 85th place while sophomore Christina Daniels (23:20.7) turned in a 91st place showing.
Freshman Megan Crilly (23:30.0) earned 96th place while sophomore Mary Sutton (23:37.2) and freshman Audrey O'Neill (23:54.6).
Both the men's and women's teams return to action on Saturday, October 29 when they compete for the Patriot League championship at Lafayette at 11:00 a.m.