Sept. 15, 2011
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams take part in their second meet of the year on Saturday as they head to the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. The men's race begins at 11 a.m. while the women will take the course at 11:30 a.m.
The women's side enters the race with a No. 14 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the USTFCCCA. In their season-opening meet, the Greyhounds placed second at the Seagull Open in Salisbury, Md., on Sept. 3 after totaling 46 points. The squad finished just two points behind first-place Rowan University.
Freshman Jessica Peters stole the show for Loyola, placing sixth in her first collegiate meet with a time of 22:50 on the 6k course. Peters led three Greyhound medalists, including Stephanie Gibney (8th) and Jackie D'Antonio (9th).
The Greyhounds will be in for a tough test at the Navy Invitational, with several highly-ranked teams included in the field. The field includes Navy (ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region) and Maryland (ranked 13th in the Mid-Atlantic Region).
"We are racing against two teams ranked in our division and several nationally ranked opponents," said head coach Rick Woods. "Competition will be tough, but it will be a great test for us and gives us an opportunity to prove ourselves."
The men's side placed sixth at the Seagull Open. DJ Puleo led the Greyhounds in 19th place with a time of 27:14 while senior captain Matt Hassett was on his heels in 20th. Captain Ian McArtney also ran a solid race and was the third Loyola runner to finish.
Directions and course information can be found at the Navy site by the following links: