Loyola Track Prepares For MAAC Championships At Rider This Weekend

April 30, 2009

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola Track and Field team will travel to Rider University to compete in the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, May 2-3. The team is excited for the chance to show off the hard work and preparation put into this past season and many hope to set new records and personal-best times.

"We are certainly expecting a lot out of the ladies this weekend, and I know they are expecting a lot out of themselves," Head Coach Jackie Truncellito said. "For the most part, they are all at a perfect point physically, mentally and in their training for things to culminate in a successful championship."

One of Loyola's frequent headliners, senior Melanie Mitchell, is seeded second in the Javelin Throw event with a qualifying throw of 31.95 meters. She actually has thrown much farther than her first place competition, Iona's Christina Closius, who checked in at 32.72 meters. Mitchell recorded an outstanding 34.34 meter throw in the Javelin back in April at Duke and hopes to emulate that success for a top finish and qualification for the NCAA Regionals.

Continuing in field competition, junior Kim Amaducci will fight for a top finish in the High Jump, and hopes to set a new ECAC standard. She is seeded fourth with her 1.65 meter jump recorded at Widener this past April.

Several runners will represent Loyola on the track in the 5,000 Meter Run, starting with top finisher and senior Maureen Wynne who currently holds the third fastest seed time.

"With a fresh race, Maureen could have a very admirable finish to a decorated career as a Loyola athlete," Truncellito said.

Sophomore Kate Cervo has the fourth spot in the race with an 18:14.85 time, followed by senior Alex Salani at 18:48.09 and sophomore Amanda Bossi at 19:23.11. Freshman Stephanie Gibney also is in the running at 20:04.62.

Freshman Emily Doucette is competing in the fastest heat of the 800 Meter Run and hopes to set a new school record with her finish.

Senior Nicole Gilhuley and freshman Casey Carey are set to compete in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Carey is ready in the 5th position with a 1:09.86 qualifying time from last weekend's Lions Invitational. Gilhuley entered a 1:10.64 qualifying time from her performance in the Paul Kaiser Track and Field Classic at Shippensburg University last Saturday.

"The 400 hurdles are stacked, and after this past weekend's performances, Gilhuley and Carey are headed into the meet in great scoring position."

The Championships begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd and will take place at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. MAAC Championship Schedule of Events.