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Women's Track Opens Outdoor Season In Philadelphia

March 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA - The Loyola University Maryland track team opened the 2016 outdoor season on a cold and blustery day at the Philadelphia College Classic hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

"Despite the terrible weather conditions, the athletes were all very competitive in their races," head coach Amy Horst said. "This meet really gave some of our younger athletes experience as we look forward to the outdoor season."

Ten women finished among the top five of their respective races, led by freshman Devon Terwilliger who took second in the 400m hurdles. The rookie clocked a final race time of 1:06.88, while classmate Erin Gamble rounded out the top five by coming across the finish line in 1:09.52.

Earlier in the afternoon, Gamble finished third (16.74) in the 100m hurdles, while freshman Anne Lauder took fourth with a time of 17.53.

Despite the intermittent snow flurries, senior Sara Gilson made her debut in the 2,000m steeplechase. The veteran distance runner took second with a time of 7:52.54.

Sophomore Emma Dunleavy and freshman Molly Smith recorded a pair of top-five finishes in the 400m dash. Dunleavy took third in 1:00.82, while Smith came in fourth with a time of 1:01.03.

In the 800m run, junior Sarah Askine finished third with a personal-best time of 2:23.18. Freshman MaryEllen Woods followed behind Askine, taking fourth with a time of 2:24.10.

Sophomore Daniella Joyce, who is making the transition from distance races to sprints, set a personal record in the 200m dash, coming across the finish line in 28.88 (21st).

Senior Erica Canas also recorded a PR in the 3,000m, taking 13th in 10:40.26.

Loyola's 4x100m relay team of Joyce, juniors Jessa Laspesa and Claire Scavone and freshman Olivia Airhart clocked a final race time of 51.21, finishing fourth overall.

Off the track, Lauder finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.11m (33' 2").

On the men's side, 12 Greyhounds competed in distance events. Sophomore Alex Saffadi highlighted the afternoon by setting a PR in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:08.96 (16th).

The Greyhounds return to action Friday, April 1, at the Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William & Mary.