April 13, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola women's track and field team finished third overall, at the Loyola-Hopkins Invitational on Saturday, April 13.
Loyola finished the day with 83 points, just behind Salisbury and fellow co-host Johns Hopkins University. Thirteen Greyhounds recorded personal bests, while Jeanine Gill and Jacqueline Porter set program records in the 200m dash and 400m hurdles, respectively.
Gill contributed the most points to the Greyhound effort, after finishing second in both the 100 and 200m dash. With a personal record of 25.99, the rookie sprinter tabbed the school record finishing just under 26 seconds. Gill combined for 24 points, anchoring the final leg of the 4x100m relay with teammates Rebekah Rogerson, Eileen Pastyrnak, and Megan Trainer. The quad finished second with a time of 49.95.
For the second week in a row, Porter topped her personal best, breaking a school record in the 400m hurdles. The junior finished second in the event, with a record time of 1:04.20. Porter combined for 14 Greyhound points, running the anchor for the 4x400m relay. Porter, along with Megan Trainer, Lisa Potter, and Marissa Buccellato, finished third at 4:06.68.
Anna Bosse recorded the best individual finish, running the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:38.21. Bosse finished first among eight fellow competitors.
Pastyrnak, D'Antonio, Rogerson, and Buccellato all placed in the top-eight, adding points to scoreboard for Loyola. In the 100m dash, Pastyrnak finished fourth with a time of 13.04, while the trio of D'Antonio, Rogerson, and Buccellato finished 6th-8th in the 400m run with times of 1:01.69, 1:01.80, and 1:01.80, respectively.
On the track Mary DeGregorio recorded a personal best in the 5,000m with a time of 19:49.01. In the 400m Lisa Potter, Margaret Larkin, and Brianna Nelson all recorded new personal records, while teammates Elizabeth Sypek and Christina Bearden tabbed personal bests in the 800m.
The Greyhounds also say a successful day on the field side, as rookie Uchechukwu Emili recorded a personal record in the hammer throw, with a distance of 32.53m. Fellow throw competitor Courtney Willeford tabbed a new personal record in the shot put, at 10.20m. Senior jumper Alyssa Harrison was the only field participant to contribute points the Loyola effort, finishing fifth in the high jump with a height of 1.55m. In the long jump, Kelly Hilbert and Emma Mascoli both recorded personal records of 4.88m and 4.63m, respectively.
The women were not the only ones to have success on their home turf, Iggy the Greyhound ran in the first-ever 100m mascot race, finishing first in front of Poe the raven, the Oriole bird, and Hoppy the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay. A 50/50 raffle allowed spectators to choose their favorite mascot and donate to its specific charity. Iggy's victory won over $300 for the MARGARET Fund of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) in Washington, D.C. The fund, an acronym for May All Resolve Girls Achieve Real Equity Today, strives to support education and compliance of Title IX efforts. The race was a big success, and brought a number of people to the meet.