McGinn Earns Top-10 Finish At Patriot League Cross Country Championships
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Cordelia McGinn finished ninth in the women's race as the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Patriot League Championship meet on Saturday at Lehigh University.
The women's team matched its best-ever finish at a Patriot League Championship Meet, taking eighth place with 240 points, edging Lafayette by one point. The men's team was 10th
McGinn, who was 30th at last year's Patriot League championship meet, ran the 6,000-meter course in a time of 21:40.12 to finish ninth. She became the second Loyola runner to place among the top ten runners at a Patriot League Championships; Kierra Harrison was the conference runner-up in 2013.
In only her second year of running cross country, McGinn was four seconds behind Maura Henderson of Lehigh (21:36.67), who ran eighth.
"Cordelia's performance was really something to be excited about," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "She competed with confidence and flawlessly executed her race plan to get into the top-12, and she came in ninth."
Junior Gabrielle Silvestri (24:04.21) finished 87th, just ahead of teammate Audrey O'Neill (24:07.42). Junior Courtney Wallace was 93rd (24:29.33) while sophomore Grace Jansson took 96th place with a time of 24:41.17. Sophomore Kelly Williamson (103rd, 25:09.98) and freshmen Madeline Ocamb (105th, 25:15.64) and Jordyn Pugh (109th, 27:13.66) also competed for the Greyhounds.
"The women raced as a team today, and that helped us in scoring," Horst said. "Lafayette edged us on this course earlier in the year at the Paul Short Run, but today our team race helped us beat them. Gabrielle and Audrey, in particular, had a great team race."
Senior Alexander Saffadi was the top performer for the men's team. Saffadi, who was Loyola's top runner at the Patriot League Championship three times in his career, finished 77th on Saturday with a time of 27:15.38.
Senior John Miller ran 88th (27:57.77) while freshman Sam Miller took 89th place (28:00.32). Sophomore Sam Williams (92nd, 28:17.44), junior Colin Chandler (101st, 29:01.14), sophomore Benjamin Hosford (104th, 29:42.13) and junior Ryan O'Donnell (107th, 30:59.22) also competed for the Greyhounds.
"There were some solid individuals on our men's side, though ultimately this is a team race and we didn't show up to our potential today," Horst said. "I'm confident in the men's ability and drive and know we will improve."
In the women's race, Bucknell outran Navy to win its fourth-straight Patriot League title. Army West Point was the champion in the men's race with 43 points, ending Navy's four-year reign as Patriot League champions; the Midshipmen were second with 47 points.
Both the Loyola men's team and the women's team return to action on Friday, November 10 when they compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional meet.