May 27, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's track and field team will add 15 athletes to its 2008-09 roster, Head Coach Brett Harvey announced today. The program will bring in nine middle and long distance runners, and six newcomers to the sprints, hurdles and jumps.
"We are really happy with this class," said Coach Harvey. "Going in our goal was to add both quality and depth. We added a high school all American and with 15 athletes, obviously we added a lot of depth."
The Greyhounds will add middle distance All-American Emily Doucette who headlines a very strong group of middle and long distance runners that includes Stephanie Gibney, Brittney Gibbons, Audrey McGonigle, Kathleen O'Connor, Elizabeth Snow, Rosie Miola, Ashley Moss and Catie Fisher
The sprints, hurdles and jumps will feature newcomers Samantha Westley, Lauren Chiaravalloti, Kristina Krupa, Casey Carey, Rachel Karanian and Nellie Honan.
"In order to compete in this conference you need to have depth so that was a big focus on the team this year," added Harvey. "We doubled the size of our sprints group, added some good hurdlers and jumpers and also added very strong middle distance runners."
Emily Doucette is an all-state performer from Rhode Island. She was an all-state cross country runner, an indoor All-America and all-state during the outdoor season. Her team earned five state titles in indoor and outdoor track. Among Douchette's best times are 5:05 in the mile, 4:45 in the 1500 and 2:14 in the 800.
Stephanie Gibney was the Bergan County 1600 champion and runner-up in the indoor 3200 at the Academy of the Holy Angels in New Jersey. Her top times in those events are 5:15.4 in the 1600 and 11:27.1 in the 3200.
Brittney Gibbons, from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, has top times of 2:23 in the 800 and 4:59 in the 1500. Audrey McGonigle, who hails from Villa Maria Academy in Pennsylvania, has ran a 60.9 time in the 400, a 2:22 in the 800 and a 1:44 in the 600. She also medaled as a member of her nationally ranked 4x800 relay team, earning all-state honors in the process.
Kathleen O'Connor of Livingston High School in New Jersey has posted times of 2:22 in the 800 and 5:24 in the 1600, compared to Rosie Miola, who posted an identical time in the 1600 and registered a personal best 2:30 in the 800 at Notre Dame Prep.
Samantha Westley of East Chester High School in New York was a team captain and sectional champion in the 55 and 100 high hurdle events. Her times include an 8.9 in the 55HH and a 15.6 in the 100 HH.
Kristina Krupa, also a sprinter, was a Northwest Conference Champion at Northwestern Catholic in Connecticut. Her times include a 12.75 in the 100, a 27.14 in the 200 and a 58.9 in the 400.
Nellie Honan, from Falmouth, Maine, was an all-academic performer in cross country and track. She cleared 5 feet in the high jump, ran a 1:03 in the 400 and posted a time of 21:57 in the 5K at Falmouth High School.
Casey Carey, a CHSAA high jump champion at Kellenberg Memorial in New York, also cleared 5 feet in the high jump and ran a :62 in the 400. Rachel Karanian, from Holy Child in Potomac, Md., posted times of 12. 5 in the 100, 25.8 in the 200 and 59.4 in the 400.
Elizabeth Snow ran a 5:14 in the 1500 at Suffield Academy in Connecticut, while Lauren Chiaravalloti, a North II Group 1 State Sectional High Jump Champion, cleared 5-2 in the high jump and 15-5 in the long jump.
Loyola's women's track team competes in both indoor and outdoor seasons, while distance runners compete in the fall on the cross country team.