Women's Cross Country Sweeps McDaniel Invitational; Men Win 1st Team-Title In Program History

Sept. 13, 2003

WESTMINSTER, MD - Loyola's women's cross country team scored a perfect 15 points to win Saturday's McDaniel College Invitational while the Greyhound men tallied 25 points en route to victory and the first team title ever recorded by a Loyola men's cross country team.

The Greyhound women were led by freshman Andrea Rovegno, who completed the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19:37 to become the first Loyola freshman to ever win an individual title. Rovegno accomplished this feat in just the second meet of her collegiate career.

She was followed by second place finisher and last year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion, Jackie Truncellito, third-place finisher Grace Wetzel, fourth-place Gretchen Schuller, fifth-place Colleen Deptman, sixth-place Adrienne Blauvelt, and seventh-place Jackie Gaines. Not only did Loyola record the first through seventh place runners, but went on to place Nos. 11, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, and 25.

The team victory is Loyola's first this season and its fourth since the opening meet of the 2002 campaign.

Loyola's men also dominated the field on the way to its first victory of the year and the program's inaugural win. Head coach Chris Bayless' squad placed Nos. 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, and 22.

Greyhound junior James daSilva won his first men's gold medal of the season as he clocked in an 8,000-meter time of 27:45.

Saturday's meet marked the first time both Loyola's men's and women's cross country teams have won the same meet on the same day in the history of the programs. With the victories, Loyola picked up the meet's co-ed title as well, given to the team that has the best combined men's and women's scores.