Indoor Track & Field Set For MAAC Championships Friday Night

Feb. 17, 2010

The Loyola indoor track & field team, which has set eight program-records so far in the 2009-10 season, will travel to New York City to compete at the MAAC Championships Friday, February 19 at the New Balance Track & Field Center, the home of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

In 2009, Manhattan College won its 12th MAAC indoor track team title in the last 13 years, followed by Rider, Saint Peters, Iona, Marist and the Greyhounds.

Loyola, which has never finished higher than fifth at the indoor track & field championships, is `sending the best squad it ever has to MAAC's, according to Head Coach Jackie Truncellito.

Last week at the Navy Sweetheart Multi-Mix, Samantha Westley and Jackie D'Antonio set school records in the 60m hurdles and the 1,000m dash, respectively, and will compete in the 55m hurdles and 800m, respectively as well. Westley will also run in the 200m. Joining D'Antonio in the 800m will be Brittany Gruber, Emily Doucette, Brittney Gibbons and Nellie Honan.

Freshman Whitney Gibbs, who broke three individual records and was a member of two record-setting relay teams this season, is confirmed to run in the 55m and 200m dash as well. Also running in the 200m will be Angeline Diamond, Paige Godfrey and Lauryn Granara, who will also run the 55m.

Amanda Bossi and Stephanie Gibney should pace the Greyhounds in the distance events, with both athletes competing in the 3,000 and 5,000m runs. Kate Cervo, Hilary Peluso and Emily Rooney will join the duo in the 3k, while Alex Beaver will also compete in the 5k.

Colleen Kinealy, Courtney McNamara and Calli Pappas will also lead in the team in the Mile. McNamara has broken the previous school record in the 1,000m the last two meets, only to be bested by a teammate in that same race.

The relay teams penciled in thus far will be Casey Carey, Rosemary Yardley, Megan Trainer and Marci Baileys in the 4x400. McNamara, Krupa, Emily Doucette and Kinealy will race in the 4,000m Distance Medley Relay.

Current school-record holders Kim Amaducci (high jump) and Noreen Petrash (pole vault) will compete in those respective events. Amaducci will be joined in the high jump by Lauren Chiaravalloti and Alyssa Harrison, both of whom broke the five-foot mark for the first time in their careers at Maryland, earlier this season. Kelsey Powell will join Petrash in the pole vault.

Granara, Baileys and Claire Okrongly will also compete in the long jump, with the last two also entering the triple jump.

Both Angeline Diamond and Megan Trainer will enter the throwing events (shot put & weight throw) as well.

Following MAACs, those who qualify will compete at the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass., March 6-7.