D'Antonio Named MAAC Runner Of The Week

Oct. 15, 2012

EDISON, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland senior cross country runner Jackie D'Antonio was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Female Runner of the Week today, the league office announced.

On Saturday, the senior won the 2012 Tribe Open, hosted by the College of William & Mary, on Saturday morning, covering the 6k course in 21:46.1 to become the first Greyhounds harrier to win a meet in over six years.

D'Antonio put a four-second gap between herself and the second-place finisher, Maryland Eastern Shore's Petra Kubesova, who checked in at 21:50.9.

Her win marked the first time a Loyola women's runner has won a cross country race since Andrea Rovegno claimed the Navy Invitational title on September 16, 2006. Last year, D'Antonio was the top collegiate runner at the Great American XC Festival, placing second overall to an unattached runner.

She helped lead the Loyola women to a second place finish at the meet with 51 points, trailing only the host Tribe, which finished with 33 points.

The award is the first of D'Antonio's career and the first for a Loyola runner since September 14, 2009, when Kate Cervo was honored by the conference.