Cross Country Teams Claim Fifth At Towson Invitational

Sept. 23, 2011

Men's Results

Women's Results

TOWSON, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams each placed fifth in sloppy conditions at the Towson Invitational on Friday afternoon.

The women's side took the opportunity to compete with some of the younger runners on the squad, as only freshmen and sophomores raced in the meet. The team totaled 149 points to finish fifth of ten teams while competing against many other local varsity squads. Towson took home first with 22 points, while Hampton placed second and Mount St. Mary's finished third.

Freshman Kelly Maguire led the Greyhounds in 18th, coming in with a time of 20:40.16. Freshman Mary DeGregario followed in 32nd with a time of 21:39.66. Sophomore Rachel Nerenberg and freshman Alyssa Dorney also had top-40 finishes, placing 36th and 37th respectively.

"I was proud of how our younger runners competed today," said head coach Rick Woods. "This was a good opportunity for us to run a very competitive local meet, and I liked how we responded in rainy and wet conditions."

The Greyhound men used the meet as a workout in preparation for next week's Great American XC Festival in Cary, N.C.

"The men ran a real good workout in tough conditions," said Woods. "We wanted to have them start by running a hard first mile, and then tempo the rest of the race. It was a good way to prepare for next week's meet."

The team totaled 139 points, finishing just five points behind fourth-place Maryland-Eastern Shore. Navy won the meet with 19 points, while Mount St. Mary's finished second and Seton Hall took third.  

Senior Matt Hassett led Loyola for the second-straight meet, navigating the 8k course in 27:56.49 to place 19th. Junior DJ Puleo also notched a top-20 finish, taking 20th with a time of 27:56.88.

Also running a strong race was senior captain Ian McArtney, who finished 23rd with a time of 28:12.02.

Up next for the Greyhounds is the Great American XC Festival in Cary, N.C. on Saturday, Sept. 30.