Sept. 17, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s cross country teams had a big day at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, as the women placed third and the men had several athletes run personal-best times.
The women’s side entered the meet ranked 14th in the Mid-Atlantic Region according to the USTFCCCA, and had a chance to race against some of the best competition the region has to offer. The Greyhounds totaled 125 points, finishing only behind first-place Navy (43 points) and second-place La Salle (53 points), as the squad turned in outstanding performances across the board.
Loyola beat out both Maryland and American, which entered the meet ranked 13th and 12th respectively in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Greyhounds also came in ahead of Louisville, the No. 13-ranked team in the Southeast Region.
Junior Jackie D’Antonio turned in the top performance, placing 14th with a time of 22:57. It was the second-straight top-20 finish for the junior. D’Antonio led a pack of three Greyhounds who finished in the top 20, as sophomore Gabrielle Cocco (23:13) took 19th and senior Stephanie Gibney (23:14) placed 20th.
“It was a big day for us,” said head coach Rick Woods. “It was great to see a mix of classes finish in the top 20 for the women. We ran against some outstanding competition and were able to perform well.”
Hassett led the squad in 67th with a time of 26:01, while Puleo finished in 26:03 and McArtney crossed in 26:31. Tyler Ems also competed in the varsity race, finishing in 28:17.
“I was very impressed with how our men’s side ran today,” said Woods. “We didn’t field a full squad but wanted some of our individuals to work on race tactics. It went very well for us and to have three of our athletes set personal-best times made it a great day.”
The Greyhounds have a two-week break before heading to the Great American XC Festival in Cary, N.C., on Sept. 30.