Women's Indoor Track Gears Up For MAAC Championships

Feb. 18, 2009

New York, N.Y. - The Loyola women's indoor track and field team heads to the New York Armory for the 2009 Indoor Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships this Friday evening. Coming off of a strong performance in the Sweetheart Meet at Navy last Thursday, the Greyhounds are looking to improve upon that performance with a core of top distance runners.

"The girls are getting excited for Friday," Head Coach Jackie Trucellito said. "We are expecting solid performances all around especially coming off such a great meet down at Navy."

Loyola finished fifth overall in last year's Championships and collected the most points from the distance events. The Greyhounds hope to build from last year's performance and are expecting to see significant scoring in the 5,000, the 3,000 and the Mile. Senior Alexandra Salani, sophomore Amanda Bossi and freshman Stephanie Gibney are all looking to PR in the 5,000 meter, while senior Maureen Wynne should do well in the 3,000. Sophomore Kate Cervo finished the Mile in the fourth position at the Navy meet, running a 5:18.00 and is expected to do well in the event at the MAAC Championships.

Loyola has seen the greatest performance from the young sprinters this season and will expect much more from these athletes at the championships.

Emily Doucette is looking to PR in the 800 meter and could provide valuable points for the `Hounds. Loyola will send Samantha Westley to compete in the 55 meter hurdles and Kristina Krupa for a shot in the 400 meter run and the Distance Medley Relay.

The Greyhounds also have high expectations in field events starting with junior Kim Amaducci in the high jump. She has seen much success in that event this season and recently set a new school record with her 1.60 meter jump at the Princeton Open.

"Kim Amaducci has jumped consistently for us all year and we are expecting a lot from her in the high jump at championships," Truncellito said.

Senior Melanie Mitchell is coming off a great performance in the pentathlon event at last week's Sweetheart Meet, finishing first in the Shot Put and 800 meter and second in the Long Jump. On Friday she will be competing in the Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and 1,600 meter Relay and Loyola is expecting her to score in all four events.

The Greyhounds may also see the school's debut in the pole vault.

"It should be a great meet all around and I think we have the potential to do really well overall as a team," Coach Truncellito said.

The championship meet begins at 6:50 p.m. with the women's 5,000-meter run, and will conclude approximately 10:35 p.m. with the 1600 Relay. View Complete Schedule.