Dec. 5, 2009
Collegeville, Pa. - A group of five freshmen led the way for the Greyhounds track and field team in its indoor regular season opener, taking seventh of 18 schools at the Ursinus Winter Invitational Saturday afternoon. Leading the `Hounds in points was Lauryn Granara with 12, while Whitney Gibbs earned nine points for Loyola. Fellow freshman Noreen Petrash recorded the best individual performance by a Greyhound on the day in the pole vault.
Granara finished sixth in the long jump, completing a 4.93m jump, earning three points. Granara earned another point with an eighth place performance in the 55-meter dash with a 7.64. The Melrose, Mass., native, also ran the opening leg of both the 4x200 and 4x400 to earn points for Loyola.
Gibbs also took sixth in the 55m dash with a 7.58, earning three points, and eighth in the 200m with a 27.34, earning an additional point for the `Hounds. Her 7.58 in the 55m dash broke the school record by one-hundreth of a second. Gibbs also anchored the 4x200 relay team along with Granara, Westley and Carey to a school record, 1:49.89, breaking the old mark by nearly six seconds.
Petrash's 2.74 jump in the pole vault earned five points for Loyola.
Westley also took ninth in the 55m hurdles in 8.99, just missing out on accumulating an additional point for Loyola.
Baileys helped the Greyhounds receive a point with a 10.11m jump in the triple jump.
Alyssa Harrison also earned .33 points for Loyola, tying for eighth in the high jump with a 1.48m performance.
The Greyhounds will have over a month to recover and train for their next indoor event, the Gulden Relays, which are hosted by Bucknell on January 9.