May 4, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola women's track has announced its latest recruiting class, which includes four distance runners, a trio of middle distance runners and a sprinter to bolster Loyola's talented, but youthful roster. These eight women will join the Greyhounds in the fall and compete in both indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Highlighting the class are three distance runners, which include Alyssa Doyle and Lindsay Wilson from Seton Keough High School in Maryland, and runner Sara Ochs from Shaker High School in Albany.
Doyle and Wilson led their team to the IAAM Indoor Conference Championship where they finished 2nd and 3rd in the 1600m and 1st and 3rd in the 3200m. Doyle has run 5:17.0 for 1600m and 11:38 for 3200m while Wilson has run 5:16.0 for the 1600m and 11:52 for 3200m. Their team is currently ranked No. 2 among the Baltimore Sun's Top 10 local Track and Field teams. Ochs, meanwhile, has run a best of 4:56.5 for 1500m and 10:42.4 for 3000m.
"We are very excited about all three of these ladies as they all have the ability to immediately step in and contribute points at the conference level," says Head Coach Brett Harvey. "With Andrea Rovegno graduating there are obviously big shoes to fill and we are confident that these ladies are going to help us do that."
Adding depth at the distance events will be Lindsay Murphy (Weston, MA) an 11:45 3200m runner who Harvey says has the potential to turn into a very good 5000m runner.
Coach Brett Harvey also adds depth to the middle distances with the inking of Megan Harpe (Hampden HS, Hampden CT), Libby Forward (Jordan-Elbridge HS, NY) and Kate Cervo (Smithtown HS, NY).
Harpe is versatile athlete who has run 59.7 for 400m and 2:23 for 800m while Forward has run 2:24 for 800m and 5:10 for 1500m. Cervo has recorded 2:25 for 800m and 5:10 for 1500m.
"The middle distances is an area we really concentrated on improving this year and I think these ladies are all going to help us push our middle distance group to a higher level," adds Harvey. "Megan is going to contribute big on our relays as well and Kate and Libby have the ability to run a lot of events well and add great depth to our group."
The team also adds sprint depth with the signing of Kellenberg Memorial's Angeline Diamond a 26.4 200m runner and 60.8 400m runner. Diamond joins a young and talented squad that periodically set records throughout the 2006-07 campaign.
"Angeline is just a great kid and a great runner and is going to be a great fit with our sprint group which enjoyed such a great year this year."