Feb. 21, 2009
New York, N.Y. - The Loyola women's indoor track and field team finished sixth overall in the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships on Friday night at The Armory Track and Field Center in New York. The team accumulated 43 total points for the No. 6 spot.
The team has been working all season to prepare for the conference championships, and the final results showed such accomplishment. Many Loyola runners set new school records and ran personal best times at the championship meet.
"Everyone ran the best they have all season," Head Coach Jackie Truncellito said after the meet. "It was great to see that and all in one day."
The Greyhounds started things off with a tremendous showing in the 5,000 meter. All three competitors scored points for Loyola, set collegiate PRs and clocked in under 19 minutes. Sophomore Amanda Bossi ran an 18:37.18, senior Alexandra Salani ran an 18:47.82 and freshman Stephanie Gibney followed with an 18:53.57 time. Together they collected six team points.
"Two of our runners had never beaten the 19 minute mark, and one never in an indoor meet," Truncellito said. "That really set the tone for us."
Loyola continued to grab points in the distance events. Senior Maureen Wynne took second place in the 3,000 meter run, crossing the finish line at 10:21.26. Wynne's finish was the highest placing for the Greyhounds. Sophomore Kate Cervo ran the Mile in 5:28.81.
The Greyhounds had many freshman runners in sprints, starting with Kristina Krupa in the 400 meter dash. She finished at 1:01.74. Emily Doucette ran the 800 meter in 2:22.87 and Samantha Westley had a major PR in the 50 meter hurdles, clocking a time of 9.08.
Loyola had four runners in the 200 meter dash and all four ran a season-best time. Sophomore Angeline Diamond ran a 28.36, junior Brittany Goodby came in at 28.64, senior Brittany McDonald followed at 28.67 and sophomore Paige Godfrey finished the Loyola group at 28.70.
Loyola took the number three spot in the 4x400 Relay with the team of freshman Casey Carey, Diamond, Goodby and senior Melanie Mitchell. The foursome finished just four seconds behind Marist at 4:15.29.
Another relay team of Doucette, Krupa, Brittaney Gibbons and Cervo competed in the Distance Relay and crossed the finish line at 13:03.00.
The `Hounds had success in field events and fell behind Mitchell's leadership in the Long Jump and Shot Put events. She threw 9.68 meters in the Shot Put, and broke the school record in the Long Jump with a 5.26 meter jump for fifth place.
"Mel absolutely shattered the school record in the Long Jump," Coach Truncellito said. "She also ran a great anchor leg in the 4x400, but the Long Jump was the highlight."
Kim Amaducci cleared 1.60 meters in the high jump to match her previously set school record.
The Greyhounds had a debut performance in the pole vault, and junior Kelsey Powell took the fourth place spot, clearing 2.30 meters in the finals and adding seven points to the Loyola total.
"Kelsey hasn't competed in that event since high school, so she really stepped up for us. It will be something we can now work on for outdoor meets."
Loyola will kick off the outdoor season on March 21 at Navy.