Women's Cross Country Earns Highest Regional Ranking

Oct. 3, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University Maryland women's cross country team earned a No. 8 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, as announced by the organization on Monday.

The No. 8 ranking is the highest-ever USTFCCCA regional ranking in the history of the Loyola women's cross country program.

"It's a pleasure to see how well this team works together every day in practice and in every race they compete," said head coach Rick Woods. "They understand that it's not just what they do during a workout but what it takes throughout the day to make each hour, day, week and race better than the one before. The ladies worked very hard and have been racing well. They earned this ranking and are looking to move up by season's end." 

The Greyhounds jumped four spots from their previous ranking at No. 12 after winning the Great American XC Festival over the weekend. Loyola finished first with a near-perfect score of 16 after claiming the top four scoring positions.

Junior Jackie D'Antonio was the top finisher for Loyola, finishing with a time of 18:05.9 as the first point-scorer to cross the finish line. An unattached runner finished first overall. Senior Stephanie Gibney was next in second, with Gabrielle Cocco placing third and Emily Doucette fourth. Junior Emily Rooney rounded out the scoring in sixth with a time of 18:32.

The Greyhounds next take the course when they travel to the Penn State Invitational on October 14.