Newcomers Lead Way for Cross Country at Baltimore Metro Invitational

Sept. 4, 2009

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The Loyola men's and women's cross country teams got their 2009 seasons underway this afternoon at the Baltimore Metro Invitational, held at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. Competing with mainly freshman and sophomores in the 5K (3.1 miles), the men's team took third out of four scoring teams, while the women finished fourth of eight. Johns Hopkins University took the team titles for both the men and women.

Freshman Eric Loose led the Greyhounds with a eighth place finish in 16:37.03, a 5:21 mile pace. Fellow newcomer D.J. Puleo crossed the finished line just seconds after Loose in 16:50.09. Taking third for Loyola was junior Sean Barrett in 17:28.01, good for a 29th place finish out of 64 runners. Rounding out the scorers for the Greyhounds were freshman Michael Picard (31st place, 17:33.47) and sophomore Louis Manna (39th place, 18:03.83).

Also competing for the men were sophomore Ian McArtney (43rd place, 18:16.86) and senior Jeff Malone (55th place, 19:38.33).

A tightly packed group of freshmen led the way for the women's squad with Emily Rooney in front in 23rd place. Rooney covered the 5K course in just under 21 minutes at 20:55.22. Jackie D'Antonio took 26th place out of 90 competitors in 21:11.72. Calli Pappas (31st place, 21:25.01), Katherine Ringwood (41st place, 22:13.74) and Megan Keane (49th place, 22:41.62) placed third through fifth for the Greyhounds to round out the scoring. Margaret Larkin finished sixth for Loyola in 22:58.39, good for a 53rd place finish.

The cross country team is back in action Saturday, September 12 when they compete at the Navy/Salty Seadog Invitational. The starting gun will go off at 9:45 a.m.