Cross Country Prepares For Saturday Race In Annapolis

Sept. 12, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - This weekend the Greyhounds will tackle the Midshipmen and women of the US Naval Academy and several other strong teams at the Salty Sea Dog Invitational in Annapolis.

On the women's side Juniors Maureen Wynne and Alex Salani and the strong freshman duo of Lindsay Wilson and Kate Cervo will lead the charge for Loyola. Top teams include LaSalle who was 3rd in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional a year ago, on the rise Richmond as well as Navy and a strong American University squad.

In the 'Hounds first meet of the season at Mount Saint Mary's, Wilson led the way in 10th a step ahead of Salani who was 11th and Cervo who was 12th overall. The three have looked great in practice as has Wynne who is the team's top returning runner from a year ago.

"With the workouts these four have had, we look really good, better than last year 1-4, Lindsay and Kate have really had excellent starts," said Assistant Coach Brett Harvey. "Alex has also stepped up running 30 seconds faster than a year ago at The Mount. Maureen is looking sharp and her workouts have been much better than last years as well."

"The way Cross Country works though, those four don't matter unless the 5th runner comes through," added Harvey. "We really need someone to step up in a big way in that fifth spot and close the gap to our top four. We have about 6-7 girls who could be our #5 and we need them to all go in wanting that spot."

On the men's side Head Coach Rick Woods expects a great battle between Nationally ranked powers Louisville and American. "Louisville is ranked #15 nationally right now and American has been a top 20 team each of the last three years so it should be a great match. LaSalle is also very good and I really think we have a shot to be top 3 in this meet as well," he says.

The men return their entire varsity from a team that was ranked #15 in the Mid-Atlantic a year ago. It starts with Junior Chris Heibell and Senior Gian Caccia who Woods expects to be top 10 contenders in the race.

What really excites the coaches is the depth behind this group with senior Brian Parker, juniors Keith Forlenza and Timm Woods, sophomores Dan McDevitt and Terry Moran and freshman Tim Burns.

Men's action kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with the women to follow at 11:30 a.m.