Men's and Women's Cross Country Place Fourth at MAAC Championships

The Loyola College men's and women's cross country team each finished fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships Friday afternoon. Chris Heibell was the top finisher for the men at 11th place overall while Andrea Rovegno placed fourth overall in the women's race.

"We didn't reach our goal today of a top three finish but we're very happy with the season we've had," head coach Rick Woods said. "We have a great group of seniors that will be hard to replace and today was their last conference championship."

Loyola seniors include Colleen Depman, Jackie Gaines, Brendan O'Kane, Patrick McCadden, Michelle McVann, Rovegno, Perry Salonia and Sarah Spencer

Iona won the men's race with six of the top seven finishers. Marist came in second while Manhattan placed third. The Greyhounds held firm in fourth place with Rider (fifth), Niagara (sixth), Canisius (seventh), Siena (eighth), Fairfield (ninth) and Saint Peter's (tenth) rounding out the race.

Loyola's Heibell finished 11th overall with a time of 26:05.2. Brian Parker was 17 seconds behind Heibell and finished in 15th place. Keith Forlenza took 29th place crossing the finish line at 27:09.5 while Timm Woods finished 32nd with a time of 27:18.9. Andrew Rice and Terry Moran took 34th and 35th place respectively finishing the race with times of 27:28.1 and 27:36.3. O'Kane placed 42nd with a time of 27:46.5.

The Gaels also took the women's race with seven runners in the top 10. Marist and Manhattan took second and third respectively. With Loyola taking fourth place, Rider (fifth), Niagara (sixth), Siena (seventh), Fairfield (eighth), Canisius (ninth) and Saint Peter's (tenth) rounded out the finishers,

Rovegno took fourth place overall with a time of 22:02.8. The next Loyola finisher was Maureen Wynne at 23:28.0. Depman took 27th place with a time of 23:55.9. In 32nd place was Loyola's Kaitlin Beckert at 24:11.7. Nicole Gilhuley and Alexa Previti were Loyola's No. 5 and No. 6 runners. Rounding out the top Greyhound runners was Jackie Gaines, who crossed the finish line in 24:37.1.