Oct. 30, 2004
Orlando, FL - Andrea Rovegno finished second overall in leading Loyola's women's cross country team to a third place finish while James daSilva recorded a 22nd-place finish en route to bringing the Greyhound men's team a fourth place finish -- their best Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) finish since 1994 -- at the MAAC Championships on Saturday morning at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
Rovegno cruised to a 6,000-meter time of 21:19.54 for her second place finish. The Loyola sophomore finished behind Iona's Emily Chellanga, who is a nationally ranked runner and recorded a time of 20:39.54.
2002 MAAC individual champion Jackie Truncellito took ninth place with a time of 22:26.22 as she was running in her final MAAC cross country championship. Caitlin Dunne (22:54.77) grabbed 15th place, Jackie Gaines (23:14.40) ran probably her best race of the year to take 20th, and Lauren Bivona (24:17.79) rounded out the scoring for the Greyhounds with a 37th-place finish.
"Andrea ran great," said Loyola Head Coach Rick Woods. "We also had a lot of young runners who stepped up their games today and proved that the future of Loyola cross country is in good hands. I'm very proud of the way the girls ran today."
Loyola's women earned three individual awards as the top-15 runners each received a medal for their performances.
On the men's side, James daSilva grabbed 22nd overall with his 8,000-meter time of 26:41.11. Sophomore transfer Brendan O'Kane (27:08.40) recorded a 27th-place finish, Pat Rice (27:37.03) placed 38th, Brian Parker (27:50.16), who was running in his first race in more than a month due to an injury, ran very well to take 43rd, and Andrew Rice (27:59.35) recorded a 48th-place finish.
"The men recorded the best MAAC finish in the history of the program so obviously that was a huge milestone for them," said Woods. "They did as well as anyone could have expected. Everyone truly ran their 'A'-race. It was awesome."
Marist won the women's title, recapturing it from Loyola, which won its first-ever MAAC cross country title last season. Iona -- a nationally ranked team -- won the men's title once again.