Sept. 5, 2008
COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - The future of Loyola cross country looks very bright, if the results of the Greyhounds' first meet of the 2008 season is any indication.
The men's team, made up of four freshmen and a sophomore, finished second at the Baltimore Metro Invitational, and the women's squad placed fourth.
"This was a great opportunity for a lot of our freshmen, and some of our other runners to get their feet wet in collegiate competition," Head Coach Rick Woods said. "Our freshmen really did a great job today, working together and having great finishes. The future of Loyola cross country looks very bright."
The Greyhounds finished the men's 8,000-meter race at Oregon Ridge Park with 54 points, second to Johns Hopkins' 15. McDaniel was third with 88, followed by Towson, Coppin State and Morgan State.
Freshman Jonathan Verrengia led a trio of Greyhounds to finish sixth-seventh-eighth in the men's meet. He finished in 16:24, steps ahead of sophomore Kieran Dowling and freshman Matt Hassett, who placed seventh and eighth, both in a time of 16:27.
Freshmen Charlie Donnelly and Louis Manna were 15th and 20th, respectively, to round out Loyola's scoring.
The Greyhound women placed fourth behind Johns Hopkins, Towson and McDaniel.
Sophomore Amanda Bossi led the way for Loyola with a personal-best time of 19:32 on the 5,000-meter course.
Freshman Stephanie Gibney was 26th overall, just ahead of sophomore Alyssa Doyle who finished in 20:36. Freshman Brittney Gibbons finished with the same time as Doyle, while senior Kaitlin Beckert rounded out the Loyola five, running for the first time in two years after suffering an injury.
The Greyhounds return to the course again on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.