Women's Track & Field Ready For MAAC Championships

Feb. 14, 2012

Championship Info

NEW YORK - The Loyola University Maryland women's track & field team heads to the The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center in New York City for the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

The Greyhounds are looking to improve upon their fifth-place finish at the meet a year ago, when they collected 57 points. Loyola's fifth-place finish was tied for its best ever, as the team finished fifth from 2005 to 2008.

Here is a look at the event groups for the Greyhounds as they head into the championships:

Senior Samantha Westley headlines the sprint group, holding the best times for the Greyhounds this season in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Westley finished seventh in the 60 hurdles at last year's championship and is the school record holder in the event with a time of 9.35 seconds that she ran at The Armory earlier this season at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

Courtney Willeford also will be a key contributor to the sprint group, competing in both the 60 and 200-meter dash events. The sophomore has the best time for the Greyhounds in the 200 this season at 27.71, and is coming off a strong performance in her first pentathlon at the Navy Sweetheart Meet.

Freshmen Eilis McGovern and Charlotte Criqui look to make an impact in their first MAAC Championship experience, as both will compete in the 60-meter dash and Criqui also will be in the 200.

Middle Distance
In the middle-distance events, junior Jacqueline D'Antonio has the top-time for Loyola in the 800 at 2:17.92 this season. That mark also ranks fourth overall in the MAAC this year. D'Antonio set the school record in the event at the MAAC Championships last year, coming in third with a time of 2:16.35.

Senior Kristina Krupa highlights the 400 and ran a personal-record time of 1:00.70 at the championships last season. Sophomore Marissa Buccellato also will appear in the event after running a PR of 1:02.38 at the Navy Sweetheart Meet last week.

Looking to continue her outstanding season, sophomore Gabrielle Cocco is the lone Greyhound in the mile. Cocco owns the top time for the Greyhounds, and the eighth fastest time in the MAAC, in the event this year at 5:06.82 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

Seniors Emily Doucette and Stephanie Gibney will be in for a difficult challenge at the championships this season, as the pair will double in the 3,000 and the 5,000 at the meet.

Gibney has the top-time this season for the Greyhounds in the 3k, running a personal-best time of 10:23.52 at the New Balance Collegiate Invite which is the eighth-best time in the conference this year.

Neither Gibney nor Doucette have run the 5k this season, but Gibney finished third in the event last year with a time of 17:54.96.

Freshmen Anna Bosse and Mary DeGregorio add to the depth in the 3,000 for Loyola. Bosse won the event at the Lehigh Covert Classic earlier this year with a time of 10:57.62.

Junior Alyssa Harrison and freshman Amy Macchiaverna will compete in the high jump for the Greyhounds. The two each have a season-best height of 1.50m, with Macchiaverna reaching the mark at the Patriot Games and Harrison doing it at the NYC Gotham Cup.

In the long jump, freshman Kelly Hilbert leads the way with a mark of 4.70 meters. Sophomore Claire Okrongly also will compete, with a season-best mark of 4.00 meters this year. She finished 19th at the MAAC Championships last year.

Freshman Jenna Smith and sophomore Marci Baileys will represent Loyola in the triple jump. Smith ranks 13th in the country and first on the Greyhounds with a mark of 9.63 meters.

Rounding out the jumping events will be freshman Maria Hacker, who will compete in the pole vault for the first time in her career.

Freshman Alessandra Piscitelli will compete in both the weight throw and the shot put at the championships.  Piscitelli is tops on the Greyhounds in both of the events this season, including a mark of 9.29 meters in the shot put and 10.30 meters in the weight throw.

Kelly Maguire, Krupa, D'Antonio and Cocco lead the distance medley relay team that placed second at the meet a year ago. The group enters the championship ranked third in the MAAC with a time of 12:14.70, just seconds away from an ECAC qualifying time.

The Greyhounds enter the championships with the fifth-best time in the 4x400-meter relay and will feature, Buccellato, Jackie Porter, Nicole Lopez and LisaPotter. The Greyhounds ran a season-best time of 4:12.25 at the Patriot Games.

Here is a list of the order of events for Friday:

Order of Events

6:00pm Women's 5000 M Run
6:20pm Men's 5000 M Run
6:45pm Women's 60 M Hurdles Trials
6:55pm Men's 60 M Hurdles Trials
7:05pm Women's 60 M Dash Trials
7:10pm Men's 60 M Dash Trials
7:15pm Women's Mile Run
7:25pm Men's Mile Run
7:35pm Women's 60 M Hurdles Finals
7:40pm Men's 60 M Hurdles Finals
7:45pm Women's 60 M Dash Finals
7:50pm Men's 60 M Dash Finals
7:55pm Women's 400 M Run
8:05pm Men's 400 M Run
8:15pm Women's 800 M Run
8:25pm Men's 800 M Run
8:35pm Women's 200 M Dash
8:45pm Men's 200 M Dash
9:00pm Women's 3000 M Run
9:15pm Men's 3000 M Run
9:30pm Women's Distance Medley Relay
9:45pm Men's Distance Medley Relay
10:00pm Women's 1600 Relay
10:05pm Men's 1600 Relay

All Running Events are timed finals except Dash and Hurdles                                 

6:00pm Men's 35lb Weight Throw
7:00pm Women's 20lb Weight Throw
6:30pm Women's Pole Vault
6:15pm Men's and Women's Long Jump
7:30pm Men's Pole Vault
8:00pm Men's and Women's Triple Jump
8:00pm Men's Shot Put
8:30pm Men's and Women's High Jump
9:15pm Women's Shot Put