May 3, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Kiera Harrison recorded the best individual finish of the weekend, guiding the Loyola University Maryland women's track and field team to a ninth-place finish at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships hosted by the United States Naval Academy.
"I'm really proud of the women," head coach Amy Horst said. "The team went out and competed hard. The Patriot League is really strong and provides depth among each program's respective teams. The women went out and gave it everything they had. Now that we have the first league season under our belt, I can already see improvements and I'm excited to move forward."
Fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University took first, combining for 203.5 points over the two-day meet. Lehigh University took second with 140.5 points, while the reigning outdoor champions from Bucknell University finished third with 129 points. Host Navy finished the weekend in fourth with 109 points. The United States Military Academy rounded out the top-five with 91 points. College of the Holy Cross (83.5) and Lafayette (77.5) took sixth and seventh, respectively, while Colgate University (10) finished ahead of American (7) and Loyola (7), which tied for ninth.
Harrison finished fourth in the 5,000m and posted a time of 17:29.62, earning five points toward the team total.
After qualifying for the ECAC Championships last week at the Penn Relays, Harrison looks to improve her 10k time in the next two weeks.
Classmate Marissa Buccellato led the 4x100m and 4x400m relays to two eighth-place finishes, contributing the final team points to the Greyhound total.
"When I took the position at Loyola today's seniors were newbies. Kiera, Marissa, Jackie and Courtney have a lot of passion for the sport and the team. They have made our team stronger by sharing that love and enthusiasm. I'm proud to have coached them over the past four years," Horst said.
Senior Jacqueline Porter ran in the final individual race of her collegiate career, taking 16th in the 400m hurdles. She crossed the finish line in 1:09.13, only seconds behind teammate Eilis McGovern (14th, 1:07.74).
Courtney Willeford, Loyola's fourth and final senior, finished her collegiate career on a high note, setting a PR in the shot put with a mark of 10.91m.