Underclassmen Lead The Way In Cross Country Opener

Aug. 31, 2007

Emmitsburg, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's cross country teams began the 2007 season at Mount St. Mary's on Friday with both squads achieving good results from their underclassmen. The women were led by freshman Lindsay Wilson, while the men were paced by freshman Dan McDevitt in their first college races.

Wilson ran a strong race finishing 10th overall, and was followed closely by teammate Alex Salani in 11th. Both Wilson and Salini ran and paced each other well through a warm day in Emmistburg. They were closely followed by another freshman Katie Cervo, who finished 11th overall.

Freshman Lindsay Murphy and junior Kaitlin Beckert rounded out the women's top five with 18th and 27th places respectively. The nicest surprise of the day, however, came from Loyola's sixth finisher, Brianne Fenzel, who showed amazing improvement from her walk on season last year.

"It's exciting to see that kind of growth in a runner," says Head Coach Rick Woods. "Brianne made us very proud today."

The men were lead McDeviitt's 24th place finish. He was followed by a pack of true freshman starting with Tim Burns (30th), Steve Febish (36th) and Kieran Dowling (39th). Junior Brian Scullin made his return to the lineup with a 45th place finish to round out Loyola's men's top five.

"This was a very tough field with American, Maryland, UMBC, and George Washington," added Coach Woods. "But it gave our younger and less experienced team an opportunity to test their legs and learn some lessons about college competition. This experience will pay off well in the future."

The Greyhounds return to action at Navy on September 15 at 10:30 a.m.