Cross Country Produces Strong Results at National Catholic Cross Country Invitational

Sept. 16, 2005


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Junior Andrea Rovegno finished in second place to lead the Greyhound women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish out of 33 teams at the 2005 National Catholic Cross Country Invitational on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the men's team finished in sixth place behind a strong performance by sophomore Brian Parker , who finished in 23rd place overall with a time of 25:58.

Rovegno finished with a school-record time of 17:43, just one second behind individual champion Sunni Olding of Notre Dame. She broke the previous record of 18:29.30, which was set by Betsy Allen in 1997.

Senior Caitlin Dunne also recorded a career-best time with a seventh-place finish of 18:16, while Colleen Depman completed the race in a time of 19:12, which earned her 26th place.

Dunne's time of 18:16 is the second-fastest in school history behind Rovegno's record-setting performance.

Sarah Spencer finished in 44th place with a mark of 19:33, which was followed by freshman Maureen Wynne , who recorded a time of 19:38. She finished in 51st place for the Greyhounds.

"This was an amazing meet for our women," Head Coach Rick Woods said. "There were a lot of quality teams in the race and to finish fourth is a testament to this team. It was a record-setting day for the Loyola women today."

Parker led the Greyhound men to a sixth place finish with his time of 25:58, which was good for 23rd place. Freshman Chris Heibell ran the course in a time of 26:16 for a 31st place showing.

Junior Brendan O'Kane was the Greyhounds' third-fastest runner in the meet with a mark of 26:30, which placed him 40th in the race. Freshman Keith Forlenza finished in 75th place (27:13), while junior Perry Salonia rounded out the Loyola scoring with a time of 27:28.

"This was a tough course for the men," Woods said. "They gave an outstanding effort considering the difficulty of the course. This is a major step in making our team better as the season goes along."

The Greyhounds will return to action next Saturday at the Iona Meet of Champions.