Solid Start For Cross Country To Open Year At Bison Opener
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country ran good team races on Friday, opening their seasons at the Bison Opener, hosted by Patriot League counterpart Bucknell University.
Running on a shortened course (6,000m for the men, 4,000m for the women) that will host the Patriot League Championships next season, both teams had spreads of less than a minute between their first and seventh runners.
"We ran in a very confident manner, and both teams did a good job of putting themselves in good positions early," said Amy Horst, Loyola's third-year head coach. "We put in more miles and had a longer preseason this year, and it was good to get out onto a course that we will need to be familiar with next year."
Cordelia McGinn paced the women's team, crossing the finish line in an even 15 minutes, nine seconds ahead of Christina Daniels. Mary Sutton was the third Greyhounds harrier to finish, running 15:17, while Kayleigh Caggiano ended nine seconds after that.
Courtney Wallace and Audrey O'Neill ran 15:41 and 15:46, respectively, while Tara Ryan finished her first collegiate race in 15:55. Madeline Ocamb was two seconds behind Ryan, while Kelly Williamson and Grace Jansson finished in 16:20 and 16:29. Jordan Pugh rounded out the Greyhounds contingent in 16:57.
On the men's side, Brandon Rossi and Alex Saffadi, a freshman and a senior, ran stride for stride for the entire race, and the finish line was no different. They both finished in 20:13 with Rossi being credited with a slight edge.
Sam Williams crossed the line only six seconds back of Rossi and Saffadi. Alex Buchholz led the next group of five Loyola runners, finishing in 20:48, while Sam Miller ran 20:59 in his collegiate debut. Ben Hosford then ran 21:04, Colin Chandler clocked 21:12 and Peter Butler ran his first Loyola race in 21:21.
The Greyhounds will have more than three weeks until their next competition, a Saturday, September 23, race at the Panorama Farms Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia.