Loyola Track and Field Announces Incoming Freshman Class

June 22, 2009

BALTIMORE - The Loyola College Track and Field program announced on Monday the addition of 17 student-athletes who will join the Greyhounds roster for the 2009-2010 academic year. The incoming class heavily favors the sprinting and field events, though the middle distance and distance runners also bring great promise to a copious recruiting haul.

"It is exciting to see the sprints side of the program really taking off," said Head Coach Jaclyn Truncellito. "I think the team will be much better-rounded this year.It will certainly be a young team, but a team that is more balanced throughout sprint, field, and distance events."

The Greyhounds will welcome sprinting sensations Sharlene Chisolm, Lauryn Granara, Whitney Gibbs, Marci Baileys, Megan Trainer and Rosemary Yardley. From White Plains, N.Y., Sharlene Chisolm, also a triple jumper, seeks to make an immediate impact on the squad with her 26.5 200m talent.

She is joined by new teammate and fellow jumper Lauryn Granara, who has run 26.7 in the 200m as an athlete at Austin Preparatory School in Massachusetts. Whitney Gibbs, from the Hopkins School in New Haven, Conn., comes to the campus with a potential record-breaking 11.9 in the 100m and 26.42 in the 200m, said Truncellito.

Representing a strong Pennsylvania contingent, Marci Baileys from Scranton Prep School, Megan Trainer from Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, and Rosemary Yardley from Emmaus High School, will round out the top incoming sprinters.

Claire Okrongly, Alyssa Harrison and Noreen Petrash will make their collegiate debut in the jumps and pole vault. From Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, Claire Okrongly will focus primarily on the long and triple jumps. Alyssa Harrison from Amesbury, Mass., will also be triple jumping for the Greyhounds as well as contributing her 5'2" high jump skills.

Noreen Petrash, from Allentown Central Catholic in Pennsylvania, is eager to see her 9'7" pole vaulting ability not only bring a different dimension to Loyola Track and Field but to the MAAC, too. Kelsey Burke, from St. Rose, N.J., will also join the Greyhounds squad. Her personal best of 65.9 in the 400 hurdles certainly shows promising potential for taking down the school record, noted Truncellito. Kelsey will also be joined by all-around athlete Jackie D'Antonio from Our Lady of Mercy in Rochester, N.Y., whose specialties span the hurdles (66.8), the high jump (5'3") and the 800 (2:21).

The Greyhounds will also add distance/mid-distance runners Emily Rooney, Kiera Harrison, Katherine Ringwood, Meagan Keane, Calli Pappas and Margaret Larkin. Emily Rooney, from Red Bank Catholic in Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., is also hoping that her 11:24 for the 3200m will land her among the ranks of some of the school's top distance runners. Kiera Harrison, from Syosset High, and Katherine Ringwood, from Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Conn., will round out distance team.

On the middle distance side, St. Anthony's graduate Meagan Keane seeks to follow in a long line of strong fellow graduates who have gone on to run for the 'Hounds. Margaret Larkin, a native of Pelham, N.J. will join the 1500 squad. Calli Pappas will round out a fine incoming class, adding her impressive 2:21 (800m) and 5:22 (1600m) to an already solid middle distance team.