Sept. 17, 2010
South Bend, Ind. - The Loyola University Maryland cross country team competed Friday at the 31st Annual National Catholic Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The women finished seventh with 204 points and the men were 13th with 363 points out of 35 teams. Notre Dame won both the men's and women's titles.
"We have big expectations for the girl's team this year," said Head Coach Rick Woods. "So the fact they finished seventh out of 35 teams was probably not what we thought it would be. We still think they can do a lot better than that and still have a little ways to go."
As for the men's team, Woods commented, "They ran pretty well together as a pack. They didn't race very smart. They got caught up too early in the race and wasted too much energy early and it hurt them later on. So we have to race smarter and keep our gap tight. That is what we need to take away from this race and learn to improve for our next performance."
Other women finishers in the 5-kilometer were Alyssa Doyle (45th, 18:59), Victoria Szczawinski (55th, 19:15), Marissa Galante (68th, 19:22), Stephanie Gibney (71st, 19:25), Emily Rooney (84th, 19:42), Kiera Harrison (97th, 19:52) and Kate Cervo (108th, 20:03).
Other finishers in the five-mile run were Kieran Dowling (80th, 27:01), Jonathan Verrengia (91st, 27:18), DJ Puleo (98th, 27:21), Tim Burns (118th, 27:32), Nick Barletta (135th, 27:44) and Sean Barrett (154th, 27:57).
The Greyhounds will compete next at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday, October 1.