Oct. 30, 2009
Senior Dan McDevitt finished fourth of 127 runners individually at the MAAC Championships Friday afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park as the men's cross country team finished sixth as a team. The fourth place individual finish is the best-ever for a Greyhounds at the men's conference championships. The Loyola women's cross country team took fourth on the day for the second straight season.
Iona took the men's team title and were followed by Marist, Rider, Manhattan, Fairfield and the Greyhounds. Following Loyola was Canisius, Niagara and Siena. The Gaels also took the women's team title and they were followed by Marist, Canisius and the Greyhounds. Loyola defeated Rider, Fairfield, Manhattan, Niagara, Siena and Saint Peter's.
For the second straight meet, junior Amanda Bossi led the women's team as she placed tenth of 121 runners, in a time of 23:59.5. Finishing just two seconds after Bossi was sophomore Stephanie Gibney, placing 11th in 24:01.3. After competing in the Iona Meet of Champions on the same course earlier in the season, Bossi cut off 25 seconds and Gibney shaved 33 seconds off their times.
Sophomores Emily Doucette and Brittney Gibbons took third and fourth for Loyola in 24:44.5 and 24:55.7, respectively, good for 20th and 26th place overall. Rounding out the top five as she has done all season was senior Courtney McNamara, who crossed the finish line in 25:15.3, good for 35th overall. Doucette did not run at Van Cortlandt earlier this season, but Gibbons cut one minute and 11 seconds off her time earlier this season.
Also competing for the Greyhounds were Jackie D'Antonio (39th, 25:29.7), Kate Cervo (47th, 25:38.9), Sara Ochs (52nd, 25:43.7), Emily Rooney (55th, 25:48.7), Alex Beaver (65th, 26:24.9), Margaret Larkin (78th, 27:00.1), Calli Pappas (102nd, 28:25.5), Kelsey Powell (107th,29:07.9), Meagan Keane (108th, 29:20.5 ) and Hilary Peluso (117th, 30:32.8).
Notable improvements from earlier in the season were put in by D'Antonio, Ochs and Rooney. D'Antonio and Ochs both cut over a minute off their times at Van Cortlandt earlier this season, while Rooney shaved 44 seconds off her time.
McDevitt's time of 25:49.3 was nine seconds better than his time on the course earlier this season, and prevented Iona from sweeping the top five spots. The senior co-captain was followed by juniors Stephen Febish (31st, 27:45.3), Kieran Dowling (41st, 28:06.0) and Tim Burns (52nd, 28:32.1). Senior Terry Moran rounded out the scoring for the Greyhounds with a 56th place finish in 28:35.9. Burns shaved 51 seconds off his old time at the brutal course.
Finishing sixth for Loyola was sophomore Louis Manna, who also had a big improvement from the early portion of the season, improving his finish by 49 seconds.
Also competing for the Greyhounds were Matthew Hassett (71st, 29:05.7), Sean Barrett (76th, 29:26.1), Eric Loose (78th, 29:32.9), DJ Puleo (81st, 29:38.9), Michael Picard (90th, 29:55.7), Patrick Regan (92nd, 29:57.8), Charles Donnelly (100th, 30:13.5) and Jeffrey Malone (119th, 32:05.1).
The Greyhounds will now have two weeks to recover before the travel to the eastern shore of Maryland for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in Princess Anne, Md., on Saturday, November 14. The women will run the traditional 6k race, while the men will compete in a brutal 10k course.