Women's Track Sends Four To Finals At ECAC Championships
BOSTON - Two Loyola University Maryland individuals and two Greyhounds relays qualified for Sunday finals at the 2018 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, three coming with record-setting preliminary runs on Saturday.
Cordelia McGinn demolished the school 800-meter record was the top seed out of the preliminaries with a time of 2:08.25. That time took more than four seconds off the record she set of 2:12.97 in January at the Maryland Terrapin Invitational.
Senna Ohlsson also qualified for a Sunday final in the 500 meters, winning her heat with the third-best time overall of 1:13.96, only 14-hundredths of a second off her school record set in January.
McGinn and Ohlsson then ran on the Greyhounds 4x800-meter relay team, helping the squad qualify for the final with a time of 9:04.51. They joined Kayleigh Caggiano and MaryEllen Woods to set a school record in the preliminaries, taking almost 10 seconds off the previous best of 9:14.18 run by Audrey O'Neill, Woods, McGinn and Ohlsson at the Patriot League Championships last month.
Not to be outdone, the 4x400-meter relay team of Rachel Koller, Molly Smith, Molly Johnson and Courtney Kenny set a school record of 3:50.40 to qualify for the final in that event. They bested the performance of 3:51.05 run at last year's ECAC Championships by Heather Merrifield, Smith, Johnson and Jordan Vine.
McGinn and Ohlsson are only the second and third Loyola women to reach individual finals at the ECAC Championships, following in the footsteps of Jackie D'Antonio who ran in the 1,000-meter final in 2013.
Loyola will also compete in the distance medley relay final on Sunday.