May 2, 2009
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Loyola women's track and field team kicked off the first day of the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships with a third place overall finish. The Greyhounds currently have the three spot with 27 points, behind Rider in first with 57 points and Manhattan in second with 53 total points.
The Greyhounds competed in four events on Saturday evening and scored points from top finishes in each event. Senior Melanie Mitchell opened her field schedule competing in the Long Jump. She marked a jump of 4.90 meters for the fifth spot and collected four points for Loyola.
Mitchell topped all performers in the Javelin with a 38.03 meter throw. That finish helped the senior record a new personal best, throwing over four meters farther than her previous mark. She collected 10 points for her first-place win.
Senior Alex Salani also had a career day on the track in the 10k event, her final event as a Greyhound. She crossed the line in third place at 38:48.05 to mark a new PR, finishing at least 40 seconds faster than her previous best time. Teammate Amanda Bossi finished right behind at 38:54.53, good for the fourth spot. Together they grabbed 11 points.
"They started back at the 10th and 11th spots and picked everyone off in the race to take the final third and fourth spots," Head Coach Jackie Truncellito said. "We are so proud of their success in that event."
Stephanie Gibney ran in the Steeplechase event, a new event for the Loyola team. She finished in seventh at 12:26.87 and collected two points for the team.
The Greyhounds continue competition at Rider University on Saturday morning, starting at 11:00 a.m. For complete results and schedule, visit the 2009 MAAC Outdoor Championship Main Page.