Women's Track Battles Weather, Runs Well At Penn Invitational

April 4, 2004

Philadelphia, Pa. - Battling poor weather conditions, the Loyola women's track team ran well at the Penn Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa. Both Jackie Truncellito and Andrea Rovegno set personal bests in the 5,000-meter race as the Greyhounds complete a full weekend of competition.

Truncellito ran a 17:56.01, a new personal best in the 5,000. Rovegno, despite the cold, wet weather, beat her previous best by 29 seconds, running an 18:02.12 in the event. Freshman Jackie Gaines continued a strong spring with a fourth-place finish in the Steeplechase.

"I felt bad for everyone who had to compete today," says Loyola Head Coach Chris Bayless. "I was proud of how well our team ran and never complained about the conditions. The sprinters had a difficult time getting loose because of the cold rain, but we're thankful that we came away with no injuries."

The Penn Invitational was the second straight meet in back-to-back days for Loyola. The Greyhounds ran a the Terrapin Classic on Saturday and placed 12th out of 19 in a very strong field. Sunday's meet was non-scoring.

The Greyhounds will have a week off and resume competition at the Legacy Classic hosted by Morgan State on Saturday, April 17.