Cross Country Runs Final Tune-Up Before Patriot League Championships
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams ran solid team races Friday as the Greyhounds competed at the Penn State National Open in their final tune-ups prior to the October 28 Patriot League Championships.
Alex Saffadi pushed out ahead of the group in the men's 5.2-mile race, and the senior kicked ahead 10 places in the final 3,000 meters to finish 92nd overall with a time of 27:12. Saffadi crossed the 5,000-meter mark in 102nd, but his finishing stride significantly improved his finish.
A host of Greyhounds men came through the finish line in similar intervals, placing between 120th and 126th, and the team finished 14th overall.
"Our men kept focused and handled a really competitive race well," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "Alex Saffadi got out early and was int her ace from the start. He pushed throughout the race to lead us, and Peter Butler had a standout race, moving up the entire time. Peter's training has been progressing quite well, and he's been patient, so it's great to see that pay off for him and the whole team."
Alex Buchholz led the pack in 120th with a time of 29:15, while Butler had the best race of his freshman season to take 121st in 29:22. Tyler Schoch was one place behind in 29:39, and Colin Chandler was 124th in 30:22.
Tara Ryan led the Loyola women for the first time in her collegiate career on Friday's 6,000-meter course. The freshman was 150th overall in 23:16 as the Greyhounds took 17th as a team.
Christina Daniels was the second Loyola runner across the line, coming in 156th (23:20), while Kayleigh Caggiano was 158th (23:31). Courtney Wallace placed 168th (24:21), and Audrey O'Neill came in 170th (24:29). Kelly Williamson ran 24:43 to place 173rd, and Grace Jannson was a spot behind in 24:59.
"The women got out and competed well," Horst said. "I was glad to see them challenge themselves, especially Tara Ryan who led us from start to finish. Our women had great groups working together in the race, which was an improvement for us."
The Greyhounds are back in action on October 29 when they head to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the 2017 Patriot League Championships.