Nov. 15, 2003
LOCK HAVEN, PA - In its first outing since winning the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship in program history on Halloween, Loyola's women's cross country team finished 17th out of 26 teams at the NCAA Mid-East Regional meet held at Lock Haven University (PA) on Saturday afternoon, while the Greyhound men, without No. 1 runner James daSilva, took 25th out of 27 squads.
As she has done all season, freshman Andrea Rovegno once again led the way for Loyola with her 55th-place finish after completing the 6,000-meter course in a time of 22:23, averaging a 6:01 mile time. Junior Jackie Truncellito finished second for Loyola and 93rd overall with her time of 23:04 while Adrianne Blauvelt (101st-23:09), Grace Wetzel (115th-23:28), Colleen Depman (121st-23:37), Gretchen Schuller (128th-23:45), and Jackie Gaines (147th-24:14) rounded out the scoring for Loyola.
The Greyhound women, who earned a ranking of No. 13 in the Mid-Atlantic region midway through this season, recorded 485 points to finish 22 points ahead of 18th-place St. Francis (PA) and 34 points behind 16th-place Lehigh University.
Georgetown's women's team tallied a meet-low 56 points to win the race and defeat second-place Princeton by 22 points. Hoya Tremiere Clement won the individual title with her time of 20:02, good for a 5:23 mile average.
Loyola's men's team was led by sophomore Pat Rice, who finished in 146th-place after running the 10,000-meter course in 35:04. Perry Salonia (149th-35:14), Dan Ramirez (150th-35:17), John Mulligan (162nd-36:03), Jonathan White (164th-36:15), and Sean Cahill (171st-37:07) ran in a solid pack throughout the race to defeat Mount Saint Mary's and Seton Hall.
Villanova's men edged Georgetown by a mere two points to win the meet 55-57 while Penn State freshman Dan Mazzocco took the individual gold with his time of 30:26, averaging a 4:55 mile.
Saturday's meet marks the end of the 2003 campaign for both the Greyhounds men's and women's teams -- a season in which both programs experienced their most successful seasons ever. Along with winning their first-ever MAAC title, Loyola's women took three other team titles as freshman Andrea Rovegno recorded four individual first-place finishes. The Greyhound men, led by junior James daSilva, won the first team title in the history of their program at October's McDaniel Invitational.
The Greyhounds are scheduled to begin outdoor track in the spring with Loyola fielding a women's varsity team for the first time in its history.