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McGinn Finishes Second In 800m To Lead Track & Field At Patriot League Championships


May 06, 2017 Complete Results

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Cordelia McGinn broke her own school record in the 800 meters by more than two seconds, recording the highest individual finish by a Loyola University Maryland women's track and field competitor at the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships since the Greyhounds joined the conference in 2013-2104.

McGinn ran 2:08.98 to take second in the two-lap race, finishing just behind College of the Holy Cross' Zoe Matherne who was first in 2:08.05. McGinn's time qualified her for the ECAC Championships, as well.

Her eight points in the event led Loyola to a seventh-place finish, the highest the Greyhounds have achieved in their four years in the conference. Overall, the Greyhounds more than doubled their 2016-point total of 10, scoring 21 throughout the weekend to overtake Lafayette College which had 17.

Bucknell University won the women's title with 194.5 points, while Boston University was second with 171.5. Host Lehigh University took third (166), followed by the U.S. Military Academy (125), the U.S. Naval Academy (85.5), Holy Cross (70.5), Loyola, Lafayette, Colgate University (4) and American University (3).

McGinn also became the Greyhounds' first-ever All-Patriot League performer in outdoor track and field, earning second team recognition. 

Two other Greyhounds – Heather Merrifield and Molly Smith – scored set individual school records and scored points on Saturday for the Greyhounds, and the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays did the same.

The 4x100 quartet of Ariana Santo Pietro, Jordan Vine, Molly Johnson and Smith placed sixth in 48.55 seconds, an eight-hundredths of a second improvement over the previous standard the Greyhounds set at last year's Patriot League Championships.

Smith, who now owns the six-fastest quarter-mile times in school history, came back less than two hours later and won her 400-meter heat while posting the seventh-place overall time of 57.05 seconds. In the process, she became the first Loyola runner to run sub-58 seconds outdoors in the event, improving her previous record of 58.11 by more than a second.

Merrifield followed McGinn's performance in the 800 with a record-setting run in the 400-meter hurdles. She took seventh in the race with a time of 63.20 seconds. That finish edged Jacqueline Porter's 2013 school record of 63.28 seconds. Devon Terwilliger also posted a top-15 finish in the event, taking 14th with a time of 65.95.

The mile relay squad closed the Championships for the Greyhounds in record-setting fashion. Christa Sidoti, Smith, Johnson and Vine took sixth in 3:52.69, taking more than a second off the school record of 3:53.94 they ran last week at the Penn Relays.

In other Saturday action, Anne Lauder tied for 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 11.33 meters (37' 2.25"). Kayleigh Caggiano placed 14th in the 1,500 meters, running 4:55.83, and Courtney Wallace was 14th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:55.50.

On Friday, the 4x800-meter relay team – MaryEllen Woods, Audrey O'Neill, Caggiano and McGinn – set a school record with an ECAC qualifying time, giving the Greyhounds five new standards during the weekend.

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