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Track & Field Heads To Lehigh For Patriot League Championships

Meet Information & Live ResultsBALTIMORE – After a very promising regular season, the Loyola University Maryland track team will compete for the Patriot League championship this weekend when the two-day meet is staged at Lehigh University on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6.
Championship action starts on Friday at 9 a.m. and resumes at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Goodman Stadium.
For the Greyhounds, this will be the second week in a row that they will travel to the Bethlehem, Pa. campus. Last weekend, Loyola turned in a very impressive performance at the Lehigh Games. Five Greyhounds won individual titles at the meet and three set school records.
Head Coach Amy Horst is looking for similar results this weekend. She says, "We added the Lehigh Games on the schedule because it would help us get mentally prepared for the championships."
The Greyhounds' coach is proud of the way the relay teams have performed this spring. In the last few weeks, the 4x100 relay team and the 4x400 relay team broke school records. 
At the Penn Relays last week, Heather Merrifield, Molly Johnson, Molly Smith and Jordan Vine teamed up to finish the 4x400 with a record time of 3:53.94, beating the old record by more than a half-second.
At the Lehigh Games two days later, Anna Santo Pietro combined with Johnson, Smith and Vine to finish second in the meet with a school-record time of 48.46 seconds. The Greyhounds' 4x800 relay team has also challenged the school record this season.
"We say that 'everyone runs better with a stick in their hand,'" says Horst. "The relays are a complete team event, and our athletes treat it that way. This is a very close team and everyone gets along well, so our teamwork helps us perform in the relays."
Senior Cordelia McGinn is expected to be one of the Greyhounds' top individual performers at the Patriot League meet. Last week, she finished first in the 800-run with a school-record time of 2:11.16. It was her second individual title of the season; she also took first at the Rider Invitational in the 1500-run.  
"(Cordelia) is one of the top runners in the league in the 800," said Horst. "We haven't decided if she will compete in the 1500, too; the 1500 is a wild-card because the race is run very early in the meet."
Sophomore MaryEllen Woods has also done well for Loyola in the 800.
Smith and Johnson are the Greyhounds' top runners in the 400 and should challenge for the title. Smith broke her own school record at the Colonial Relays in March with a time of 58.11 seconds.
Coach Horst has high hopes for Loyola's hurdlers at the Patriot League Championships. In the 400 hurdles, three Greyhounds are ranked among the top competitors in the league. 
Freshman Heather Merrifield has challenged the school record several times this season. Her best time (63.40) is only 0.12 seconds short the record held by Jacqueline Porter. Sophomore Devon Terwilliger posted her best time at last year's Patriot League meet while sophomore Christa Sidoti adds depth to the event.
In the 100 hurdles, freshman Bre Mucius has also performed well. She has run her best time of 15.55 twice this season and is only 0.26 seconds off the school record.
Johnson and Santo Pietro could be factors in the 100-meter dash. Last week, Johnson won the 100 the Lehigh Games with a personal-best time of 12.76 seconds. Santo Pietro was third in the dash at 12.93 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash, the Greyhounds will rely on Vine, Johnson and Santo Pietro. At the Lehigh Games, Vine ran a personal best time of 25.42 seconds to finish second in the event. Her time would have been a school record if it had not been run with the aid of the wind. Johnson was fourth in the 200 while Santo Pietro was sixth.
Coming off a first-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase last week, senior Courtney Wallace should be a solid contender in that race this week
Another sophomore, Anne Lauder, is looking to contribute points in the triple jump and the long jump. The school-record holder in the triple jump at 11.42 meters, a standard she has set several times this year. She also owns the program's second-best mark in the long jump.
"All season long, we have had the same goal," says Coach Horst. "We want to get better every week. We want to break some records and establish personal bests. We're excited for this meet."





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