Jan. 28, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior Emily Doucette, sophomore Gabrielle Cocco, freshman Kelly Maguire and junior Jackie D’Antonio broke the school record in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:35.33 to finish first in the event and highlight a strong day for the Loyola University Maryland women’s track & field team at the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday.
“I was really happy with how things went today,” said head coach Amy Horst. “We had a school record in the 4x800, and we had a number of PRs across the board, from the throwing events to the mile to the 400. We had some athletes doing some doubles today that they wouldn’t normally be doing and they responded well. I’m confident that we’re going to be set up for a nice set of races going into our Championship segment.”
It is the second-straight week that a school record has fallen for the Greyhounds after Samantha Westley took down the 60-meter hurdle mark at the NYC Gotham Cup a week ago.
Four athletes set new personal bests at the meet to go with a number of runners competing in events for the first time.
Freshman Charlotte Criqui had a pair of personal records, finished 23rd with a time of 29.17 in the 200 meter and finishing 20th in the 400m with a time of 1:04.90.
Sophomore Jackie Porter was the top Greyhound finisher in the 400 meter with a personal-best time of 1:02.72 to place 17th. Freshman Maria Hacker closed out the PRs on the track in the 200 meter with a time of 29.59.
Freshman Alessandra Piscitelli shattered her previous bests in the throwing events, tossing the shot put 9.29 meters to finish 16th while placing 17th in the weight throw with a mark of 9.62 meters.
The distance runners had a big day, placing three runners in the top 10 of both the 1000-meter run and the mile.
D’Antonio, Doucette and Jessica Peters finished fifth, seventh and ninth, respectively in the 1000. D’Antonio paced the ‘Hounds with a time of 3:07.20, while Doucette crossed in 3:09.63 and Peters finished in 3:25.00 in her first time in the event.
Loyola heads to the New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y., on Feb. 3-4 next.
9. Kelly Maguire, 2:28.31
10. Kelly Bondulich, 2:28.87
17. Mary DeGregorio, 11:46.11