Oct. 14, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams competed in difficult conditions at the Penn State National on Friday afternoon, with the women placing 15th and the men taking 20th through heavy rain and mud in University Park, Pa.
The field featured some of the best teams in the country on both sides, including Penn State, Duke, Penn and nationally-ranked West Virginia.
"This was really good competition for us," said Head Coach Rick Woods. "It was a good gauge to see where we are as we head into regional competition in the next couple weeks."
The women's side totaled 415 points to finish 15th, coming in ahead of local-rival Towson, who finished 16th, and MAAC foe Rider, who placed 20th. West Virginia won the meet with 45 points.
Sophomore Gabrielle Cocco was the first Greyhound to cross the finish line with a time of 23:14 in 68th place. Cocco ran a pace of 6:15 over the 6k course.
The men's side placed 20th with 538 points. Host Penn State took top honors with 47 points, while Grand Valley State was second with 55 points.
Senior Matthew Hassett once again led the Greyhounds, navigating the 5.2-mile course in 28:26 with a pace of 5:28 to take 76th. Classmate Ian McArtney was next in 95th with a time of 28:53, while junior DJ Puleo was 98th after registering a time of 29:04.
"Conditions were really tough but we ran and raced well," said Woods. "It was good prep for us as we get ready for MAAC Championships in a couple weeks."
The Greyhounds will send several athletes to the Goucher Invitational on Oct. 15 before heading to the MAAC Championships in Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 28.