Rain, Wind Don't Deter Track & Field At Invitational

April 16, 2011

BALTIMORE - Heavy rains and winds that gusted to over 40 miles per hour made for difficult conditions on Saturday as the Loyola University Maryland women's track and field team played co-host to the Loyola-Johns Hopkins Invitational.

Almost all throwing and jumping events were cancelled due to dangerous conditions, but the Greyhounds still had some solid performances on the track.

"I think that we all stuck together because everyone knew that we were all out there in the same weather," Loyola Head Coach Amy Horst said. "The times across the board were really effected by the weather, but I was pleased that we came out and had a lot of strong performances in a lot of events. It was disappointing not to see some of our athletes have the chance to compete in the throws and jumps, but we made it through the weather."

Stephanie Gibney and Marissa Galante placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 5,000 meters, running 18:16.25 and 18;28.25, respectively. Emily Rooney clocked a time of 18:59.08 to take ninth, as well, in the event. Galante and Rooney recorded personal-bests despite the poor weather.

Emily Doucette and Gabrielle Cocco followed that race with strong efforts in the 1,500 meters. Doucette took second place in 4:54.60 after being edged by Maryland's Ashlyn Sinclair in 4:53.89. Cocco then won the second heat by almost seven seconds to place fourth overall in 4:56.96.

Samantha Westley finished third in the 100-meter high hurdles, running 16.62 shortly after competing in the shuttle-hurdle relay. Courtney Willeford was the Greyhound's top finisher in the 100 meters, taking sixth in 13.74.

Marissa Buccellato, Kristina Krupa and Megan Trainer finished 3-4-5 in the 400 meters, running times of 64.42, 64.93 and 65.31, respectively.

Jackie D'Antonio won the 800 meters for the Greyhounds in 2:22.65 by running a negative split over the last 300 meters of the event.

Courtney Marro and Krupa took third and fourth in the 200 meters, as Marro edged Krupa 27.28 to 27.82. Jacqueline Porter ran 70.28 to place third in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Greyhounds' team of Buccellato, Trainer, Chika Dunga and Krupa won the 4x400-meter relay to close the event in 4:16.12 after the foursome had competed in the individual 400 meters.