Track & Field Sets Three School Records At Terrapin Invitational
LANDOVER, Md. - Cordelia McGinn and Rachel Koller set school records, and Kathleen Shepherd tied another, Saturday as the Loyola University Maryland women's indoor track and field team had a solid day of competition at the Terrapin Invitational.
The Greyhounds finished ninth out of 19 teams at the meet helped at the Prince Georges County Sports & Learning Center.
"We did a great job of competing today," said Head Coach Amy Horst. "We challenged the team going into it, and they came through. We had some records fall, people come out of slower heats to score and others really run well to win the heats they were in."
McGinn ran 2:12.97 on the complex's flat 200-meter track (a time that will convert to a faster time for Patriot League qualifying on a banked surface). Her time broke the previous school record of 2:13.92 set on February 15, 2013, by Jackie D'Antonio.
McGinn finished second in the event on Saturday, just behind Morgan State University's Infinnatie Rowe who was victorious by three-hundredths of a second despite McGinn close a one-second gap in the final half of the race. She also qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championships with her performance, marking the second event in which she has met the standard after qualifying in the 1,000 meters last weekend.
Koller knocked off the school record in the 300 meters, running 43.45 to best the mark of 43.94 set by Jessa Laspesa on January 18, 2014. Koller was 15th overall in the event, just in front of Heather Merrifield, who also was under Laspesa's previous record with a time of 43.56.
Shepherd finished fifth overall in the long jump, leaping 17'8.75" (5.39m) to tie the standard she set last month. Later in the day, she clocked a time of 9.26 to narrowly miss scoring in the 60-meter hurdles. That time is tied for third-best in school history. She also finished 13th in the triple jump, hitting the sand in 33'0.5" (10.07m). Breyanna Mucius was 21st in the hurdles, running 9.86. Shepherd also
Courtney Kenny won her heat and was fourth overall in the 400 meters, circling the track twice in 59.57, the ninth-best time in school history. Molly Smith was second to Kenny in the heat, covering the quarter-mile in 60.94, the No. 9 time on the day.
Molly Johnson, Smith, Ohlsson and Kenny finished second overall in the 4x400-meter relay, running 3:57.06 to come in behind the squad from Morgan State. The quartet's time ranks third-best in school history.
Kayleigh Caggiano scored in the mile for the Greyhounds. She was second in her heat and seventh overall, running 5:19.54. Tara Ryan was close behind, finishing fourth in the section and ninth overall in 5:20.04. Audrey O'Neill was less than a half-second behind Ryan, finishing a place back in 5:20.20.
Jordyn Pugh won her 600-meter heat, finishing 13th overall with the fourth-best time in school history, 1:46.11.
Ariana Santo Pietro was the team's top finisher in the 60 and 200 meters. She was 20th overall in the longer race, running 26.97 and 34th in the 60 (8.32). Molly Johnson was 22nd (27.20) in the 200, while Jordan Vine was 28th in 27.66. Daniella Joyce finished 35th in the 60 (8.35), while Katherine Schramm finished 39th (8.48).
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, January 27, when they compete in the Wes Brown Invitational at the U.S. Naval Academy.