Men's and Women's Cross Country Squads Open Season With Strong Efforts

Sept. 2, 2005

Complete Results

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Junior Andrea Rovegno finished second overall with a time of 18:22.33 to lead the Greyhound women's cross country team to a strong effort in Loyola's season opener at the Mount St. Mary's Duals on Friday evening.

Rovengo led the Greyhounds to dual wins over George Washington, UMBC, Morgan State and host Mount St. Mary's while losing to American University by a single point.

Meanwhile, junior Brendan O'Kane finished in 12th place overall to lead the men's team to a 2-3 mark in the run. The Greyhounds defeated George Washington and Morgan State, while suffering defeats to host Mount St. Mary's, American and UMBC.

"[It was] a great effort considering both teams worked hard through this entire meet," Loyola Coach Rick Woods said. "There was no rest time for either team this week."

Rovengo earned the individual victory in each of the Greyhounds' four wins while finishing just over 17 seconds behind All-America runner Keira Carlstrom, who finished the race with a time of 18:05.88. Senior Caitlin Dunne finished in third place overall with a time of 18:59.63, earning second place finishes in Loyola's four victories while finishing third against the Eagles.

Colleen Depman rounded out the Greyhounds' top 10 finishes by completing the race in 20:04.89, earning ninth place in the race.

O'Kane earned the individual wins against Morgan State and George Washington by finishing the course in 16:18.72. He was followed by sophomore Brian Parker , who earned a 15th-place finish with a time of 16:21.17. Freshman Keith Forlenz was just over eight seconds behind Parker, completing the race in 19th place.

"The men faced very tough competition at this meet," Woods said. "They ran strong together as a pack for most of the race."

The Greyhounds return to action on September 16 when they travel to South Bend, Indiana for the National Catholic Championships on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.