Sept. 19, 2009
Bronx, N.Y. - A 16th place finish by senior Dan McDevitt was the individual highlight for the Loyola cross country teams on the day as the men took 15th of 23 schools and the women placed ninth of 21 squads at the Iona Meet of Champions. Junior Kate Cervo led the women for the second straight week with a 31st place finish.
Both fields were extremely competitive as regionally ranked Kent State won the men's race. The Golden Flashes were followed by #4 Wisconsin and Malone University. Regionally ranked Yale and Miami (Ohio) finished fourth and fifth. Seventh-ranked and MAAC rival Iona finished sixth. Other MAAC Teams competing in the men's race were Fairfield (13th) the Greyhounds (15th), Rider (16th) and Manhattan (20th).
The women's race was won by regionally ranked Harvard and they were followed by regionally ranked Pennsylvania and #21 Wisconsin. The Golden Flashes of Kent State finished fourth and were followed by Malone University, regionally ranked Yale and Cincinnati, as well as Bowling Green. The Greyhounds, who finished ninth, bested MAAC rivals, Iona (11th), Rider (15th), Fairfield (16th) and Manhattan (17th).
Out of 203 runners, McDevitt mastered the 8k, Van Cortlandt Park course in 25:58.95. Van Cortlandt Park, which is rated one of the nation's toughest cross country courses, is used for the Northeast Regional Championships of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships as well as numerous college championships each fall, including the 2009 MAAC Championships.
The top four for the Greyhound women all placed in the top 60 out of 186 competitors with Cervo setting the pace, covering the 6k course in 24:04.46. Fellow juniors Alyssa Doyle and Amanda Bossi crossed the finish line just over a quarter-second after another with 45th and 46th place finishes, respectively, in 24:23.76 and 24:24.02. Taking fourth for Loyola was sophomore Stephanie Gibney who finished 56th, just ten seconds after Bossi in 24:34.27. Senior Courtney McNamara rounded out the top five with a 102nd place finish in 25:25.03.
After McDevitt, senior Terry Moran took next for the men's squad with an 80th place finish in 27:18.93. Junior Kieran Dowling (116th, 28:00.30) and sophomore Jonathan Verrengia (132nd, 28:15.41) took third and fourth, respectively for the Greyhounds. The top five was rounded out by sophomore Matt Hassett, who finished 145th in 28:37.99.
Also competing for the women's squad was Brittany Gibbons (129th, 26:06.43), Margaret Larkin (137th, 26:24.53), Emily Rooney (143rd, 26:32.55), Jackie D'Antonio (144th, 26:35.55), Sara Ochs (149th, 26:44.78) and Meagan Keane (177th, 28:56.07).
Other notable performances by the men were put in by Eric Loose (148th, 28:46.80), Tim Burns (170th, 29:23.43), Louis Manna (175th, 29:28.71), DJ Puleo (177th, 29:36.23), Sean Barrett (184th, 29:53.40) and Michael Picard (185th, 29:53.83).
Up next for the Greyhounds' cross country team is the annual Paul Short Run, which is hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The starting gun for the October 2 meet is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.