Strong Showing For Cross Country At Panorama Farms Invitational
EARLYSVILLE, Va. - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams resumed their season on Saturday by competing in the University of Virginia's Panorama Farms Invitational.
Host Virginia won the women's race, beating out a very strong 11-team field. The Cavaliers edged runner-up Yale while Southern Methodist was third. Loyola finished 11th.
In the men's race, the Greyhounds posted a tenth-place finish against a very tough field. Host Virginia won the meet with 55 points. The Cavaliers edged Campbell (59) while Charlotte took third place (81).
Senior Alexander Saffadi led the Greyhounds with a time of 27:02.9 as he finished 63rd in the race. Freshman Brandon Rossi ran 68th with a time of 27:40.6, moving up 10 spots in the final 1,000 meters of the race. Junior Alexander Buchholz also ran a strong race, finishing a spot beind Rossi (27:50.4).
"The men were really impressive today," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "Their team time is coming down, and we are going in the right direction as our training is paying off."
Freshman Samuel Miller posted a time of 28:11.3 to finish 75th in the race. Junior Tyler Schoch placed 78th with a time of 28:45.5. Senior John Miller finished 79th (28:45.7) while freshman Peter Butler was 81st (28:58.8).
Senior Cordelia McGinn was the Greyhounds' top runner, finishing 49th in the race with a time of 19:04.4 after running a strong second part of the course. She came through the 2,000-meter mark in 62 place, but she moved up 13 spots by the time she crossed the finish line at 5,000 meters.
Sophomore Kayleigh Caggiano ran 65th (19:27.1) while junior Christina Daniels took 77th place (19:42.7). Caggiano had an even better final 3,000 meters, moving up 19 spots, and Daniels pushed up eight places in the same span.
"The women had a nice race, and we had some people step up today," Horst said. "We know what we are capable of, and we can definite work toward that from here."
Freshman Tara Ryan placed 80th with a time of 19:47.1. Junior Courtney Wallace (20:36.0) and sophomore Audrey O'Neill (20:43.9) ran 87th and 88th in the race. Sophomore Grace Jansson (21:23.7), sophomore Kelly Williamson (21:24.7) and freshman Madeline Ocamb (21:36.2) also finished for Loyola.
Loyola returns to action next Friday when the Greyhounds travel to Lehigh University's Paul Short Invitational.