Sept. 13, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's cross country teams both had strong races and each finished sixth in their respective events at Navy. The men competed in the 8,000-meter Navy Invitational, and the women ran in the 6,000-meter Salty Dog Invitational.
Chris Heibell delivered the Greyhounds' top finish of the afternoon, covering the 8,000-meter course in 25:25.90 to finish 11th. He finished just a half-second behind the 10th place finisher and was two seconds out of eighth.
Daniel McDevitt was just behind Heibell, placing 18th with a time of 26:00.40. The time was McDevitt's best on a collegiate 8,000-meter course and moved him into eighth place all-time at Loyola.
Jonathan Verrengia and Kiernan Dowling also ran for the Greyhounds and placed 59th and 67th, respectively, out of the 117 runners in the meet. Verrengia finished in 27:32.40, and Dowling ran a time of 27:42.30.
The Greyhounds finished with 161 points, while the host team won the meet with 64. Richmond was second (80), Maryland placed third (85), Malone was fourth (99) and Virginia Commonwealth was fifth (126) amongst the 14-team field.
On the women's side, Kathleen Cervo and Courtney McNamara ran a good team race to pace Loyola. Cervo crossed the line in 31st, and McNamara was 32nd, with times of 24:17.32 and 24:17.91, respectively.
As a team, the Loyola women scored 182 points to place sixth out of 15 teams. Richmond won the event with 42 points, edging the host Midshipmen (55). Maryland took third (75), and Malone was fourth (127). Furman placed fifth (157), and Towson was just behind the Greyhounds in seventh (204).
Loyola continues its schedule in two weeks when it travels to the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, on Saturday, September 27.