COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Heather Merrifield won the 400-meter hurdles, and several others posted performances that ran in the school’s all-time top-10, as the Loyola University Maryland track team opened its outdoor season with an impressive fourth place finish at the University of Maryland Invitational Meet at the Kehoe Track and Field Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The Greyhounds scored 70 points to finish fourth among 10 teams at the meet. The host Terrapins finished first with 225 points while Coppin State was second (108). Delaware had 79 points to edge the Greyhounds for third place.
Merrifield, who recorded a personal-best time of 1:05.94, led a very strong showing by Loyola in the 400-hurdles. Sophomore Devon Terwilliger turned in a time of 1:08.98 to finish fourth while sophomore Christa Sidoti was fifth (1:09.61). Freshman Margaret MacAulay ran seventh with a time of 1:12.11 while Brigitte Strobl took tenth place (1:16.41).
In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Molly Smith took fourth place with a time of 26.08 seconds, matching the fourth-best time in school history. Loyola had five runners finish in the top-20 in the 200. Sophomore Erin Gamble finished 15th in the 200-dash (27.23), just ahead of senior Claire Scavone (27.37). Junior Daniella Joyce ran 19th (27.55) and freshman Bre Mucius finished 20th (27.80).
Mucius ran very well in the 100-meter high hurdles, finishing fifth with a time of 15.55 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history. Merrifield finished ninth with a time 16.24 seconds, and Sidoti took 10th place with a time of 16.69 seconds.
Freshman Molly Johnson led the Greyhounds in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.05 seconds, good for eighth place. Smith ran ninth with a time of 13.07 seconds.
In the 400-meter dash, freshman Jordan Vine ran the fifth-best time in program history as she finished third with a time of 59.52 seconds. Freshman Rachel Koller ran fourth (1:00.02) while sophomore MaryEllen Woods ran eighth (1:01.82).
In the triple jump, sophomore Anne Lauder finished third at 10.86 meters, the second highest distance in program history. She set the school record of 10.94 meters last season.
Senior Cordelia McGinn finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a personal best time of 2:17.50, the sixth fastest time by a Loyola runner. Freshman Megan Crilly also ran well in the 800, finishing ninth (2:24.27). Freshman Audrey O’Neill and senior Caitlyn McGuiness also ran the 800. O’Neill took 11th place (2:25.53) while McGuiness was 12th (2:28.90).
Freshman Kayleigh Caggiano was the Greyhounds’ top runner in the 1500-run as she finished sixth (4:59.96). Sophomore Christina Daniels ran eighth in the 1500 with a time of 5:01.70.
In the 3000-meter run, sophomore Mary Sutton finished 11th with a time of 11:10.22. Freshman Grace Jansson turned in a 12th place finish with a time of 11:25.78 while freshman Kelly Williamson took 13th place (11:25.90).
The Greyhounds will return to action on March 30-April 1 when they travel to the College of William and Mary to run in the Colonial Relays.