Oct. 29, 2010
Madison, Conn. - The Loyola University Maryland cross country teams competed at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships today where the women finished third and the men were sixth. Leading the way for the Greyhounds were seniors Amanda Bossi who finished 10th and Stephen Febish, who was 23rd.
Iona took both the men's and women's titles making the sixth years the Gaels have won both titles and the 25th win for the men. Following Iona's (21) women were Canisius (58) and Loyola (71). The Greyhounds defeated Marist (106), Fairfield (156), Niagara (181), Rider (185), Manhattan (205) and Saint Peter's (258).
"Hats off to Canisius who had a couple of girls that put their team into a second place finish," said Head Coach Rick Woods. "Iona ran a couple of girls we haven't seen all season and they finished lights out and were weren't going to touch them both on the men's and women's side. But we really hoped to slide into second however Canisius ran really well."
On the men's side, Iona had 18 points followed by Marist with 53. Behind the Red Foxes were Rider (115), Fairfield (130), Manhattan (144) and the Greyhounds. Loyola defeated Canisius (175), Siena (270) and Saint Peter's (282).
"Obviously we had hirer expectations coming into this meet," said Woods. "The truth is both on the men's and women's side everyone really had the best race of not just the year but probably their careers so far with a few exceptions. They all ran personal best times. We think that is more testimony to how better the conference is getting which is good for us in the long run. All in all the team ran solid races. We are pleased with how well they did giving the competition."
Bossi finished 10th out of 124 runners with a time of 22:10.5 to lead the way for the Greyhounds. Loyola women finished 13th through 15th, with Emily Doucette (22:24.7), Stephanie Gibney (22:27.5) and Victoria Szczawinski (22:28.1).
"We had all five of our runner in the top 20," added Woods. "That was our goal going into this meet and we met that goal. All five of our top five scorers ran personal best times and when you do that you put yourself in a position to do the best you can. We are really pleased with that. Another nice addition is the top four girls made All-MAAC. So that is a real bonus as well. "
Other Loyola women finishers were Kate Cervo (20th, 22:36.9), Marissa Galante (24th, 22:55.5), Kiera Harrison (28th, 22:57.9), Emily Rooney (36th, 23:14.8), Carolanne Chanik (46th, 23:31.8), Jackie D'Antonio (47th, 23:32.9), Gabrielle Cocco (53rd, 23:50.2), Margaret Larkin (74th, 24:41.4), Meagan Keane (78th, 24:49.4), Sara Ochs (88th, 25:11.6), Rachel Nerenberg (95th, 25:45.8), Claire Reynolds (113th, 27:09.6), Katie Smith (115th, 27:10.5), Joanna Pultro (119th, 28:17.4) and Jaclyn Feeney (124th, 30:56.3).
Leading the way for the men was Febish who finished 23rd out of 130 runners with a time of 25:57.0. Junior Matt Hassett was 26th in 26:03.1.
Other men who competed were Nick Barletta (52nd, 26:43.1), Tim Burns (55th, 26:46.1), DJ Puleo (60th, 26:52.8), Jonathan Verrengia (61st, 26:52.9), Kieran Dowling (62nd, 26:55.5), Eric Loose (78th, 27:22.7), Sean Barrett (88th, 27:39.9), Ian McArtney (102nd, 28:05.4) and Charles Donnelly (115th, 28:55.1).
A total of 135 athletes comprised the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Cross Country All-Academic Teams that were announced today. A total of 58 male runners and 77 female athletes made up list.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Loyola had a total of 12 members on the team, six men and women: Sean Barrett, Tim Burns, Charles Donnelly, Kieran Dowling, Matt Hassett , DJ Puleo, Amanda Bossi, Kate Cervo, Jackie D'Antonio, Alyssa Doyle, Stephanie Gibney and Sara Ochs.