Track Kicks Off Outdoor Season At Navy Invitational

March 22, 2009

Complete Results

Annapolis, Md. - The Loyola track and field squad switched things over to the outdoor track on Saturday in competition at the Navy Invitational. Women's teams from the Navel Academy, the University of Maryland and American University completed the field of participants.

Seniors Maureen Wynne and Melanie Mitchell both took first place finishes at the meet.

Wynne won the 5,000 meter in 18:29 and sophomore Amanda Bossi finished just seconds behind at 18:34 for her personal best in the event.

As always, Mitchell stayed busy at the track, competing in four events. She threw 34.09 meters for first place in the javelin, jumped 1.49 meters in the high jump, marked a 4.80 meter jump in the long jump and ran 1:06.85 in the 400 meter dash.

Sophomore Courtney Marro competed in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 17:15 for second place. She was injured all last year and has worked very hard to get back.

"It's great to see it pay off for her," Head Coach Jackie Truncellito said. "She was really excited about her 17:15 in the 100 Hurdles, well ahead of where she finished the season last year."

Freshman Stephanie Gibney and sohpomore Kate Cervo made their collegiate debut in the steeplechase, a 3,000 meter obstacle race with water jumps. Gibney finished in 12:16 and Cervo followed at 12:26.

"The water's certainly not warm and those barriers are exhausting after seven laps, but they both got more comfortable as the race went on and are looking to find their niche in the event," Truncellito said.

For the sprinters, freshman Kristina Krupa ran a 13:45 in the 100 meter dash and a 27.24 in the 200 meter. Freshmen Brittney Gibbons and Emily Doucette competed in the 800 meter run and finished at 2:24.74 and 2:26.66 respectively.

"I think it was a good day overall and great to see where we are at after the indoor season and a month of solid training. We've got a long way to go yet, but it was a good stepping stone to get there."

The Greyhounds continue the outdoor season with competition at Towson next Saturday, March 28.