Sept. 11, 2004
Oregon Ridge, Md. - Loyola's men's and women's cross country teams both placed fourth at the Towson University Invitational held on Saturday at the Oregon Ridge Cross Country Course.
Senior James DaSilva led the men's squad to a fourth-place showing out of 14 teams with his second-place overall finish. DaSilva completed the five-mile course in a time of 26:48 as the Greyhounds finished behind the winner, Navy, Delaware, and Salisbury.
Freshman Brendan O'Kane, a transfer from the University of Scranton, finished second for Loyola and 19th overall. Greyhound freshman Andrew Rice placed 25th, freshman Brian Parker took 41st, Pat Rice grabbed 46th, Jon White came in 52nd, and Pat McCadden placed 54th, giving Loyola seven runners among the top-55 overall.
Senior Jackie Truncellito steered the Greyhound women to a fourth-place finish out of 12 teams as she grabbed the overall bronze medal with her 5,000-meter time of 18:42. Andrea Rovegno (5th-place) and Sarah Spencer (20th-place) were the other Loyola runners in the top-20. Jackie Gaines (32nd-place), Lauren Bivona (51st-place), Caroline Scott (57th-place), and Patricia Yudd (60th-place) rounded out the top-seven for the women, who fell to only George Washington, Towson, and Hofstra. The women's team was without two of its top runners because of injuries and still produced a fine performance, which has first-year Head Coach Rick Woods feeling very confident about his team's caliber.
"Both the men and the women ran really well again," said Woods, after his second race as Loyola cross country's head coach. "We ran against a tough field once again and had another tough week of practices once again, but both squads looked great. Now, you'll start to see our times really begin to drop as we move away from our base and strength training and focus more on speed and getting those times down."
The Greyhounds return to action Saturday, September 18th when they'll be running in the Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis, Md.