CLINTON, Miss. – Three freshmen made their Loyola debut for the men’s cross country team tonight at the Choctaw Season Opener, and they certainly gave the spark Head Coach Andy Canegitta was hoping for. Freshmen, Mike Corso, Dylan DiMartino, and Henry Gerbracht all finished in the top-25 in the 5K race.
Mike Corso, the top runner for the men, came in 16th place with a time of 17:16. Finishing right behind him was Dylan DiMartino in 23rd place with a 17:44 time, and Henry Gerbracht in 24th place with a time of 17:52.
Overall the team finished in fourth place out of 11 teams with a score of 116 points, two points behind third place Xavier. Loyola had an average 5K time of 18:00. West Florida finished first overall with an average time of 16:19. Also, the individual winner for the men went to Darwin Price from Grambling with a time of 15:48.
“The men did really well today compared to any of the season openers I’ve coached so far,” said Head Coach Andy Canegitta. “We have a strong freshmen class, and I know my guys will improve with each race.”
Other notable finishes belong to junior Kenny Tsao and sophomore Abraham Thacker. Tsao finished fourth on the team, 31st overall, and ran slightly off his personal best with a time of 18:29. Thacker finished fifth on the team, 36th overall, and clocked a time of 18:40.
Missing in action today and not making their Wolfpack debut were freshmen Paul Freese and Casey Shaw. They were forced out due to injury.
“Two of my top five guys sat out today due to injuries, but they should be ready to go for the home opener next weekend. The key for this team is to stay healthy,” explained Canegitta.
The Loyola cross country team returns to action September 10, at Lafreniere Park, for the Four Points by Sheraton Loyola Wolfpack Invitational. The meet is set to begin at 8 a.m.
Due to technical difficulties, the women’s results have not yet been finalized. They will be posted by tomorrow morning.
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