EASTON, Pa. – The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s cross country teams raced Satrurday at the Patriot League Championships where the women’s team took home its second-straight eighth place finsih, and the men moved up to ninth.
Bucknell won the women’s race for the second year in a row, while Navy did the same thing on the men’s side. Both Loyola teams matched their best-ever finished in their fourth Patriot League Championships.
Loyola’s women finished with 205 points, well ahead of Lafayette and Colgate; the men’s side totaled 267 points, beating the host Leopards.
"We were proud of how we ran. We were hoping for a higher finish but the women ran well," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "In the men's race, we made a last-minute decision to hold out Sam Williams because of an injury. The team handled the change really well and ran a good race."
Junior Cordelia McGinn led Loyola with an impressive 30th place finish (22:41.6), while her classmate Sarah Askine earned a 39th place showing with a time of 22;53.2. Sophomore Christina Daniels ran the 6000-meter course in a time of 23:23.0, earning 54th place.
Freshman Megan Crilly and sophomore Mary Sutton were right behind Daniels as they took 55th place and 56th place, respectively. Crilly ran the course in a time of 23:23.4 while Sutton had a time of 23:23.8.
Freshman Audrey O'Neill placed 66th (23:47.1) while freshman Kayleigh Caggiano completed the Loyola contingent as she placed 75th with a time of 24:06.7.
The men's team improved upon last year's tenth place finish as the Greyhounds outran host Lafayette by 17 points.
Junior Alex Saffaldi led the Loyola men's team for the fifth straight time this season. Saffaldi ran the 8000-meter course in a time of 26:52.3. Senior Bradley Beard was Loyola's second-best runner with a time of 27:45.9, good for 74th place. Junior John Miller was close behind Beard. He had a time of 28:15.3 to finish in 78th place.
Sophomore Alex Buchholz took 83rd place with a time of 28:22.9. He was followed by sophomore Tyler Schoch, who finished 88th with a time of 28:49.9.
Senior Tom Porth took 89th place with a time of 29:00.3 while senior Zachary Nurenberg capped off the Loyola runners with a time of 29:19.6 as he took 92nd place.