Feb. 18, 2011
NEW YORK - The Loyola University Maryland track and field team turned in several school-bests to finish fifth at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.
The Greyhounds collected 57 points to take fifth place, tying the best-ever finish for the Loyola women. Loyola also finished fifth for four straight years, from 2005 to 2008. Saint Peter's finished first.
"In general, we're pretty happy with how we competed and the experience for the younger members of this team," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "We're hungry for more, though, and it's going to be a nice way to carry us forward into the outdoor season. Everyone competed really well and we'll keep pushing forward."
Jackie D'Antonio shattered her own school record in the 800-meter run, taking third with a time of 2:16.35 to top the mark of 2:19.90 that she set at last year's MAAC Championship. The mark gave the Greyhounds six crucial points while breaking the record by over three seconds. Joining D'Antonio in the event were Brianne Vozzella (2:27.03), Carolanne Chanik (2:29.30), Katherine Laffey (2:38.96) and Claire Reynolds (2:44.13).
"Jackie just raced smart. The time is great and we're excited about it, but the thing to me that's impressive is how she executed the race," Horst said. "In a large field of 11 women, she went out and just put her head on her shoulders like she'd be doing this for years. I'm pleased with how she stepped up today."
Three Greyhounds broke a three-year-old Loyola record in the 5,000 meter en route to a trio of top-five finishes. Maureen Wynn's record pace of 18:11.87 at the 2008 MAAC Championships fell as Kiera Harrison took second place with a time of 17:46.68, narrowly beating out third-place finisher and teammate Stephanie Gibney's result of 17:54.96. Amanda Bossi also beat Wynn's record time, finishing fifth at 18:01.56.
"We opened meet in the 5K, so it was huge for us to start out that way. We actually led the meet at that point," said Horst. "Stephanie had an amazing kick at the end to finish third, and Bossi stepped up and competed really well to get some points as well."
Megan Trainer also broke a school record she set earlier this year in the weight throw at the Princeton Relays, finishing 10th with a 33-09.50 result.
"Even though we didn't score points in the event, the new record shows that we're continuously improving and moving up in those events," said Horst.
Loyola took nine points in the 3,000-meter with fifth, sixth and seventh-place finishes. Stephanie Gibney finished in fifth place with a time of 10:40.10, Amanda Bossi finished behind her in fifth with a 10:40.10 result and Victoria Szczawinski ran a time of 10:40.72 for seventh place. Sara Ochs (11:34.93) and Meagan Keane (11:49.34) also competed in the event for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds grabbed second place in the distance medley relay, one of the strongest events for Loyola. All members of the entry raced earlier in the day, and the foursome of Doucette, Krupa, D'Antonio and Doyle turned in an impressive time of 12.27.60 for second place.
"I was pleased with the DMR," Horst said. "The winning time was what we ran a few weeks ago at the New Balance Invitational, but we were fresh then. I'm really pleased with those strong performances coming back."
Loyola grabbed six points in the mile run thanks to fifth-place finisher Alyssa Doyle and Emily Doucette, who finished in seventh. Doyle turned in a time of 5:10.57 while Doucette finished in 5:12.88. Marissa Galante took ninth at 5:13.61, while Calli Pappas ran a time of 5:24.30 and Margaret Larkin finished with a result of 5:47.60.
Samantha Westley also gave Loyola two points at the Championship by finishing seventh in the 55-meter hurdles (8.80).
Sophomore pole vaulter Noreen Petrash took fifth with a vault of 8-10.25 to grab four points in the event.
Many Greyhounds provided impressive performances despite not scoring in the points for the team.
Loyola entered five Greyhounds into the 200-meter dash. Courtney Marro led the team with a 27.52-second finish. Courtney Willeford and Chika Dunga posted identical 27.91-second results, while Paige Godfrey ran a time of 28.25 and Angeline Diamond finished in 28.51 seconds.
In the triple jump, Marci Baileys (10.34m/33-11.25), Kelsey Burke (10.20m/33-05.75) and Claire Okrongly (9.51m/31-02.50) represented the Greyhounds well. The three also competed in the long jump for Loyola. Burke (4.75m/15-07.00) led the trio, followed by Baileys (4.68m/15-04.25) and Okrongly (4.16m/13-07.75).
Carey finished ninth in the long jump for Loyola, posting a J1.45m/4-09.00 result.
Loyola also placed 15 members on the MAAC 2011 All-Academic Team, the conference announced. Marcella Baileys, Amanda Bossi, Kelsey Burke, Kathleen Cervo, Jacqueline D'Antonio, Angeline Diamond, Alyssa Doyle, Stephanie Gibney, Paige Godfrey, Brittany Gruber, Alyssa Harrison, Courtney Marro, Sara Ochs, Noreen Petrash, Joanna Pultro and Megan Trainer all earned recognition from the MAAC for their work in the classroom.