Nov. 13, 2004
State College, Pa. - Senior Jackie Truncellito, who was running in the final meet of her celebrated collegiate career, helped guide the Greyhound women's cross country team to a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals hosted by Penn State University on Saturday afternoon while James daSilva concluded his fine Loyola career by leading the men to a 21st-place finish at the same race.
Running on the extremly difficult 6,000-meter Penn State Blue and White Golf Courses layout, Truncellito recorded a time of 22:45 to take 90th overall as sophomore Andrea Rovegno led Loyola with a 45th-place finish in a time of 22:41.
"The cross country program will miss Jackie dearly," said first year Head Coach Rick Woods, "not just for her running ability but for her leadership as everyone is keenly aware of at Loyola."
"This was a great experience in dealing with some very fast company for our younger runners and they responded to the challenge quite well, which is good news for the future of the program," said Woods.
West Virginia won the women's meet followed by Villanova, Princeton, and Georgetown.
On the men's side, DaSilva, as he did for the majority of his Loyola career, was the first Greyhound to cross the finish line, taking 90th-place with a 10,000-meter time of 33:12.
"That was a good place for James," said Woods. "He made the program better each year he ran and this season, he helped lead the men's team to Loyola's best conference finish since 1994."
Nipping at DaSilva's heels was Brendan O'Kane, a sophomore transfer from the University of Scranton, who appears to be the heir apparent to DaSilva as the lead runner on this Greyhound squad. O'Kane took 107th place with a time of 33:48 in Happy Valley today.
"Brendan has shown all year long and provided further evidence today that he is ready to try and fill James' shoes and take control of this team," said Woods.
"The men ran in a nice tight pack," said Woods. "If we can get this pack to move up a little bit next year, which we should be able to do, we will improve immensely."