Nov. 1, 2008
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Kate Cervo placed fourth overall, and Maureen Wynne was ninth, as the Loyola women's cross country team took fourth place at the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships Saturday morning at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.
Cervo's result was the highest finish for a Loyola woman at the MAAC meet since Andrea Rovegno took fourth in 2006.
Iona captured both the women's and men's races. The Gael women finished with 43 points, topping second-place Rider, which had 69. Marist was third with 78, followed by Loyola's 93 in the 10-team field.
Iona won the men's race by sweeping the top five individual spots. The Gaels, who are ranked seventh in the nation, finished with 15 points, while Marist was second with 55. Manhattan scored 118 points, just edging the Greyhounds for third. Loyola totaled 120 points in the 10-team field.
Cervo finished just three seconds out of third place, clocking a time of 22:00.61, just behind Marist's Adriaana DiFrancesco.
Cervo's time was the sixth-best ever by a Loyola woman on a 6,000-meter course.
Wynne battled for a top-10 spot throughout the race, finishing ninth in 22:38.57.
Emily Doucette was not far behind in a tightly-packed field. She placed 23rd with a time of 23:18.93. Alex Salani was 27th in 23:26.24.
Heibell finished 18th overall (15th in team scoring), and Caccia was 19th (16th). They clocked times of 25:36.62 and 25:39.87, respectively.
Tim Burns closed Loyola's scoring with a 57th-place finish (41st) in 27:14.62.
Several other Loyola men also competed in the race but did not score. Terry Moran was 62nd in 27:27.70, while Brian Scullin took 64th in 27:33.25. Charlie Donnelly placed 67th in 27:38.35, while Louis Manna was 71st in 27:41.96.
Timothy Woods crossed the line in 73rd, running a time of 27:46.91, while Matt Hassett was one spot back in 27:47.56. Ryan Santonacita was 78th in 28:00.91, and Kieran Dowling took 84th in 28:13.18. Jonathan Verrengia was 88th in 28:21.53.
Mohamed Kadraoui of Iona won the men's 8,000-meter race in 24:23.88. Annelore Desaedeleer was victorious for the Gaels on the women's 6,000-meter course, running 21:14.10.
The Greyhounds take a weekend off before competing in the November 15 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in Princeton, N.J.