Women's Track Earns Three Top-Three Finishes At Patriot League Championships
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland women's track had its best team finish since joining the Patriot League five years ago, logging three top-three finishes on Sunday to finish seventh as a team. Prior to the final day of the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Greyhounds had never had more than one top-three finisher in a given year.
Senna Ohlsson became the first to ascend the podium, running the second-best time in school history in the 500 meters and had the best finish by a Loyola competitor at the Championships, running 1:14.19 to place second.
Ohlsson's second-place finish matches the highest individual finish by a Loyola runner at the indoor championships; Kiera Harrison took second in the 2014 5,000 meters and was the only previous Greyhounds runner to have a top-three finish at the indoor championships.
Cordelia McGinn had a strong finish in the mile run for the Greyhounds, taking third overall with a time of 4:58.06.
Olhsson and McGinn returned to the podium later in the afternoon as part of the Greyhounds' distance-medley relay team. They joined Heather Merrifield and MaryEllen Woods to help Loyola to a third-place finish in 12:00.92, the No. 5 time in school history.
Loyola was in eighth place entering the race's final mile, but McGinn ran 4:54, the fastest mile split of the relay, to move the Greyhounds up to third overall.
The Greyhounds wrapped up the meet by finishing a strong fourth in the 4x400-meter relay. Courtney Kenny took the baton a second behind Bucknell University's team heading into the final quarter-mile, and she ran a time of 57.11. Together the team of Rachel Koller, Molly Smith, Molly Johnson and Kenny ran 3:54.22, the fourth-best time in school history.
Courtney Kenny went out fast in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 58.30 and was sixth in the event.
Tara Ryan ran the No. 7 time in school 1,000-meter history, kicking to a time of 3:01.27 for an 11th-place finish.
Kathleen Shepherd was 14th in the triple jump, leaping 34'5" (10.49m).
The Greyhounds will wrap up their indoor season at the ECAC Championships in Boston, Massachusetts, starting on Friday, March 2.