Sept. 27, 2008
Minneapolis, Minn. - Loyola's cross country team raced Saturday afternoon at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., and the men's and women's teams finished 19th and 20th, respectively, against one of the toughest fields it will face this season.
Contested at the Lee Bolstad Golf Course, the Greyhounds men posted that 19th place showing as they were led by senior Chris Heibell, who finished in 25:56 to place 89th overall. Junior Dan McDevitt was 10 places behind him with a time of 26:03 and senior Gian Caccia was 117th, timing out at 26:36. The final two point-scorers for Loyola were sophomore Steve Febish, who recorded a personal best with a 26:37 to place 119th, and senior Keith Forlenza, whose 27:22 ranked 139th. Freshman Jonathan Verrengia was the only additional Greyhounds runner, finishing 165th with a time of 28:49 as Loyola raced one runner short due to an injury.
Adams State won the men's race and was followed by Iowa State, Brigham Young and Minnesota. Auburn's Elkanah Kibet won the race in a time of 23:56. A total of 25 schools sent teams to race.
On the women's side, sophomore Kate Cervo recorded a personal best to lead the Loyola quintet, finishing 75th in 23:15. Senior Maureen Wynne raced 23:44 to place 101st and junior Courtney McNamara's time of 24:00 was a personal best and placed 114th. Senior Alex Salani was the Greyhounds' fourth-best finisher with 24:28 for 130th and freshman Stephanie Gibney was just behind her in 24:30. Freshman Emily Doucette (24:36, 133rd) and sophomore Amanda Bossi (24:55, 142nd) completed the Loyola contingent.
Host Minnesota won the women's race and followed by Arizona State, New Mexico and Duke. Sun Devils runner Kari Hardt captured the individual title in a time of 21:19.
"We did quite well against the toughest competition that we have ever seen as a team outside of NCAA Regionals," Greyhounds coach Rick Woods. "I am very happy with the way that we finished. Kate Cervo and Courtney McNamara did a great job teaming with our No. 2 runner Maureen Wynne. They have really stepped up to help the women's team this year. The men ran a person down today because of an injury, but we still fared pretty well."
The Greyhounds are back in action next weekend at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.