Sept. 29, 2003
BALTIMORE - Loyola's women's cross country team has earned a tie for the No. 13-ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll this week, which is determined by some of the region's coaches, after having posted two wins and two second-place finishes in four races this season.
This accolade marks the first time that Loyola has ever been regionally ranked in the history of the cross country program.
The Greyhounds finished in a tie for No. 13 in the poll with George Washington and Rutgers, both teams that Loyola has beaten this season.
The Greyhounds earned this regional recognition after placing second in the seeded-University Division at Friday's Great American Cross Country Festival hosted by N.C. State. There, Loyola defeated a number of regionally-ranked and national-caliber teams while the Greyhounds fell to champion North Florida by just ten points.
Loyola head coach Chris Bayless' squad has been led throughout this young season by freshman Andrea Rovegno, who after never before having run cross country, has already recorded two individual victories as well as a fourth place finish at The Great American Cross Country Festival. Rovegno is joined by last season's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion, junior Jackie Truncellito, seniors Adrienne Blauvelt, Gretchen Schuller, and Grace Wetzel, and freshmen Colleen Depman and Jackie Gaines.
Loyola finished fourth in the MAAC in 2002 and won the 2002 Cross Country-Only National Championships.
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, October 4th when they run in the Maryland State Collegiate Cross Country Championships hosted by Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll for the Week of September 28, 2003:1. Georgetown2. Villanova3. Penn State4. Princeton5. Pittsburgh6. West Virginia7. American8. LaSalle9. Bucknell10. Navy11. Maryland12. Pennsylvania13. LOYOLA, George Washington, Rutgers14. Saint Joseph's15. Duquesne