Great Dane Classic A Strong Starting Point For Indoor Track & Field
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland senior Cordelia McGinn opened 2018 with a qualifying time in the 1,000 meters, and freshman Senna Ohlsson won the 800 meters, on Saturday as the Greyhounds had an excellent start to the calendar at the Great Dane Classic at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.
McGinn won her 1,000-meter heat in 2:54.62, running nearly two seconds faster than the ECAC Qualifying time of 2:56.24. She was sixth overall and had the third-best time in Loyola history.
"It has been a very big deal in the past for us to have an ECAC qualifier," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "Now, to be doing it as part of a bigger plan and not noticing it immediately as it wasn't the primary focus is really cool. I wanted her to run between 2:52 and 2:55 because that's what I knew she could run to get prepared to go really fast in the mile. From a coaching perspective, that's a big step."
In a race just 200 meters less, the Greyhounds scored a winning performance as Ohlsson won the first race of her collegiate career, clocking a time of 2:15.11 in the 800 meters. She was fourth after the first 400 meters, but she ran a negative-split of 1:07.38 in the second to best Princeton's Allis Glossinger (2:16.66) by more than 1.5 seconds and was tops among the 32 runners in the field. Ohlsson's time ranks second all-time at Loyola.
MaryEllen Woods led the Greyhounds in the 500 meters, running the third-fastest time in school history, 1:19.16, to finish 16th overall.
Courtney Kenny turned in the No. 9 time in school history in the 200 meters, running 26:41. Danielle Spanno was close behind in 27:05.
Two 4x400-meter teams ran Saturday for the Greyhounds. The squad of Rachel Koller, Ohlsson, Devon Terwilliger and Molly Lahiff was 15th in 4:08.76, while the side with Christa Sidoti, O'Neill, Jackie Kohaut and Madeline Ocamb was 26th in 4:19.70.
"This was the end of a long week of training camp, but we executed really well," Horst said. "Looking at our times from last year, we are definitely in a better place."
The Greyhounds are back in action next weekend when they travel to Landover, Maryland and the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex for the Terrapin Invitational on Saturday, January 20.