Nov. 11, 2006
Loch Haven, Pa. - The Loyola men's and women's cross country teams closed out the 2006 season at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Loch Haven, Pa. on Saturday afternoon. The men placed 19th overall while the women finished 20th as senior Andrea Rovegno earned all-region honors.
Rovegno fell short of her NCAA qualifying bid with a 20th-place showing. She ran the course in 21:14 to once again lead the Greyhound effort.
"Andrea is a little disappointed that she did not qualify for the NCAA Championships, but that should not take anything away from a wonderful career at Loyola," says Loyola Head Coach Rick Woods. "She ran a hard race today - just fell a little short."
Senior Colleen Depman led a solid Loyola pack behind Rovegno. Depman, who finished 106th in the final standings, clocked a time of 23:17. Sophomore Maureen Wynne was part of that pack, placing 121st overall in 23:33 while freshman Alex Beaver finished one second behind in 23:24.
Senior Sarah Spencer closed out the Greyhound scoring with a time of 23:35 as Princeton and Georgetown placed first and second to advance to the NCAA Championships.
On the men's side, a young Greyhound squad earned some valuable experience with their 19th-place finish. Running a 10K course, sophomore Chris Heibell was the top Loyola finisher in 32:25.6. Heibell placed 61st overall while junior Brian Parker notched a Top-100 finish with his 97th-place showing in 33:06.2.
The men's team, ranked 15th in the most recent regional standings, has a bright future. Next season, Loyola returns all five scorers, as well as junior standout Gian Caccia, who did not run because of an injury.
Georgetown won the men's race while American placed second to advance to the NCAA Championships.