Oct. 16, 2010
University Park, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland cross country teams competed at the Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa., today. The Greyhounds women were 19th out of 31 teams while the men finished 24th out of 27 teams.
The Greyhounds will have next weekend off before competing at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Championships in Madison, Conn., Friday, October 29.
"MAAC is going to be kind of different for us this year," said Head Coach Rick Woods. "It's a course we have never seen. But no one in the conference has seen it so it kind of makes it an equalizer."
"We have been up against some of the better teams in the conference this year. We have squared up pretty well with them. On the women's side, they have the shot to be in the first or second position and the men are looking for a top three spot."
At the PSU Nationals, leading the way for the women was senior Amanda Bossi who finished 116th out of 304 runners with a time of 22:51. Junior Emily Doucette was 118th finished a second behind Bossi with a time of 22:51.
"On the women's side, what we are really happy with is the fact that from one to five there was only a 19 second spread," said Woods. "So as that packed gets just even a little bit quicker they are going to move up in results that much fast. We are pretty happy with that."
Other women finishers in the 6k race was Stephanie Gibney (128th, 22:58), Victoria Szczawinski (139th, 23:03), Kate Cervo (150th, 23:08), Gabrielle Cocco (181st, 23:29), Emily Rooney (182nd, 23:30), Marissa Galante (187th, 23:33), Kiera Harrison (209th, 23:49), Carolanne Chanik (274th, 25:30) and Rachel Nerenberg (293rd, 25:55).
On the men's side, senior Kieran Dowling finished 167th out of 266 runners with a time of 27:45 and was followed by junior Matt Hassett who was 179th with a time of 27:51.
Other men's finishers in the 5.2 mile run was Nick Barletta (208th, 28:18), Tim Burns (213th, 28:24), DJ Puleo (231st, 28:56), Eric Loose (241st, 29:16), Sean Barrett (249th, 29:38), Tyler Ems (255th, 30:22), Ian McArtney (261st, 30:52) and Charles Donnelly (263rd, 31:04).
"On the men's side, we ran without our No. 1 guy Steve Febish who has just a tweaked hamstring," said Woods. "So when we get him back full forced the teams going to be in a really good spot heading into MAAC's. So we are happy with the results today. They went there to learn the course for the NCAA Championships and mission accomplished there. "