Men's Cross Country Finishes 2nd, Women 3rd At Maryland State Championships

Oct. 9, 2004

Hagerstown, Md. - Despite resting some of his top runners, Loyola Head Cross Country Coach Rick Woods saw his men's and women's squads take second and third places, respectively, at the Maryland State Collegiate Cross Country Championship, which took place on Saturday at Hagerstown Community College.

Sophomore transfer Brendan O'Kane led the men's team as he recorded his best 8,000-meter time of the year -- 25:43 -- en route to a fifth-place finish. The Greyhound men placed two others in the top-20 as Pat Rice took 13th with a time of 26:29 and Perry Salonia, who ran his best race of the year according to Woods, placed 19th with a time of 26:55.

Patrick McCadden (25th, 27:17) and Jon White (35th, 28:05) rounded out the scoring for the men, who fell to only UMBC, despite not having three of their top runners in action. Loyola's No. 1 runner James daSilva and top-five regulars Andrew Rice and Brian Parker were given the day off by Woods to get them ready for the stretch run of the season.

"We decided to give some of our top runners the day off today to give them a break and gear up for the stretch run," said Woods, who also sat out his top-two female runners. "Everyone has ran well so far this season. Now, we're getting them fresh to really apply the hammer as we head in to the most important races of the year."

With Loyola's top-two women -- Andrea Rovegno and Jackie Truncellito -- taking the day off, junior Caitlin Dunne, who was running in her first race of the year due to a pre-season injury, led the Greyhounds with a 13th-place finish and a time of 21:10 on the 5,000-meter-plus women's course.

Jackie Gaines finished second for Loyola and 19th overall with a time of 21:25, freshman Caroline Scott took 24th at 21:52, Sarah Herships grabbed 26th at 22:04 and Erin Shelly snagged 30th at 22:22. The Greyhounds finished behind UMBC and Towson. Woods, as he has been all season, was very pleased with both teams' performances.

"Brendan O'Kane ran an excellent race and it was great to see Caitlin Dunne come back from her injury, run so well, and lead the team," said Woods. "We received great showings from top to bottom on both teams."