Cross Country Opens Season At Seagull Opener

Sept. 4, 2010

Salisbury, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland cross country teams competed at the Seagull Opener Saturday in Salisbury, Md., where the women took first and the men finished sixth.

"We ran this meet as a workout for the upper class and learning for the freshman," head cross country coach Rick Woods said. "We are really pleased with how everyone performed. They worked together as a team which will really help us later in the season."

Loyola's women won the meet with 32 points, easily outdistancing Rowan University which took second with 63 points. The Greyhounds' men finished sixth with 152 points, while Slippery Rock University won the meet with 47 points.

On the women's side, four athletes finished within four seconds of each other. Amanda Bossi finished fourth out of 118 runners, Katleen Cervo was fifth and Emily Doucette was sixth all with a time of 23:03. Alyssa Doyle finished seventh with a time of 23:04 and Stephanie Gibney was 10th with a time of 25:05.

Other Loyola female runners that competed at the Seagull Opener were Marissa Galante (11th, 23:15), Victoria Szczawinski (12th, 23:19), Kiera Harrison (22nd, 23:51), Emily Rooney (24th, 24:03), Gabrielle Cocco (26th, 24:07), Jacqueline D'Antonio (32nd, 24:12), Rachel Nerenberg (40th, 24:32), Carol Chanik (47th, 25:05), Margaret Larkin (63rd, 26:12), Sarah Ochs (68th, 26:21), Meagan Keane (77th, 27:23), Joanne Pultro (80th, 27:52), Claire Reynolds (83rd, 27:58) and Katie Laffey (89th, 28:36).

On the men's side, Nicolas Barletta finished 28th out of 103 athletes with a time of 27:28. Five Loyola men finished 40th-45th: Stephen Febish was 40th in 28:23, Matthew Hassett finished 41st with a time of 28:23, David Puleo was 43rd in 28:24, Timothy Burns was 44th with a time of 28:33 and 45th was Jonathon Verrangia in 28:37.

Other Loyola men competing were Sean Barrett (52nd, 28:53), Tyler Ems (56th, 29:10), Eric Loose (57th, 29:20), Patrick Madden (63rd, 29:58) and Ian McArtney (75th, 31:14).

Loyola will have next weekend off before heading to the National Catholic Championships on Friday, September 17, in South Bend, Ind.