Cross Country Splits Teams; Posts Results At Pre-Nationals And Delaware Invitational

Oct. 13, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's cross country teams participated in the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind., and in the Delaware Invitational in Newark on Saturday with measurable success at each location.

Leading the way for the Greyhounds was junior Chris Heibell, who posted a 14th-place finish in the men's open race at the Pre-Nationals. Heibell, who ran a very impressive 24:55 in the race, smashed Loyola's school record in the process. Also running for the men were sophomore Dan McDevitt and junior Keith Forlenza who placed 104th and 106th respectively with times of 26:32.5 and 26:33.7.

In the women's open race, freshman Lindsay Wilson posted a strong 22:29.4 (a top 20 time at Loyola) for a 42nd place showing. Junior Maureen Wynne crossed the finish line in 23:22.6 to give the Greyhounds two scorers in the race.

Meanwhile, in Delaware, the Greyhound women responded well to a 5K course and placed fifth overall. Led by freshman Kate Cervo, who finished 10th overall, the Greyhounds improved upon their times at their season opener at The Mount - also a 5K course.

Cervo cut over a minute off her time at Mount St. Mary's to register a 19:34, while Alexandra Salani shaved 55 seconds off her time in Emmitsburg to place 14th overall in 19:38. Senior Bethany Gentry was 36th in 20:39, while Lindsay Murphy led a trio of freshman in the middle of the pack. Murphy posted a 21:11 in the race, ahead of Amanda Bossi (21:16) and Sara Ochs (21:20).

The men placed seventh in Delaware with freshman Tim Burns at the lead of the pack. Burns placed 28th in 27:55, while freshman Stephen Febish took 37th in 28:11. Apart from its youth running well, the Greyhounds also received a strong performance from junior Brian Scullin, who returned from a year of injuries to post a time of 28:18.

Loyola will now focus its attention on the MAAC Championships in Van Cortlandt Park, N.Y. on Oct. 26, where both the men and women place fourth last season.