BOSTON - The distance medley relay team of juniors Cordelia McGinn, Claire Scavone, Sarah Askine and freshman MaryEllen Woods combined to qualify for the ECAC Championships and guide the Loyola University Maryland women’s track team to a strong performance on the final day of the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.
The Greyhounds took fourth in the DMR and recorded the team’s top finish at the championships. The team came across the finish line in 11:59.91, only .22 seconds from breaking Loyola’s program record.
“We’ve never run this fast at championships,” head coach Amy Horst said. “When the relay team broke the DMR school record in 2011, they did it at the ECAC Championships, so they had a few extra weeks to prepare. I’m very proud of the relay teams. I knew they could score and post solid performances. There was a point they were leading in the DMR and they handled the pressure well.
“Overall, I’m very proud with how the team performed. Every person executed the plan perfectly.”
Loyola’s 4x400m relay team of freshmen Devon Terwilliger and Molly Smith, senior Brianna Nelson and sophomore Emma Dunleavy scored team points and broke the program record with a time of 3:57.47 (7th). Dunleavy was a member of the relay team last season that set the previous school record at the 2015 Patriot League Indoor Championships.
Off the track, freshman Anne Lauder set a new program record in the triple jump, posting a mark of 10.71m/35’ 1.75”. The rookie finished 16th overall in the event.
Earlier in the day, a number of individuals set new personal bests in their respective events, including Dunleavy (13th, 1:00.11) and Smith (12th, 59.81) in the 400m, as well as freshmen Mary Sutton (22nd, 10:47.59) and Courtney Wallace (29th, 11:08.04) in the 3,000m.
Host Boston University won the women’s 2016 Patriot League Indoor Championship title, totaling 183 points. Bucknell University finished second with 176 points, while Lehigh University took third with 129.5 points. Army West Point and Navy rounded out the top-five with 83.5 and 75.5 points, respectively.
With seven team points, the Greyhounds finished 10th overall.
After today’s qualifying time, Loyola’s DMR relay team will return to action the first weekend in March to compete at the ECAC Championships in Boston.