Loyola cross country finishes season at SSAC Championships

Sat, 11/06/2010

The women’s team placed fifth out of 11 teams with 111 points and an average time of 21:00- the best team average since 2003.

Senior Madeline Falcone wrapped up her storied career with a career best 19:55 to finish 11th. Falcone’s result today was the 8th fastest in Loyola history. She missed qualifying for the NAIA National Championships by two spots.

Four other women ran personal bests. They were Jenna Knoblach 20:28 in 16th place, Vanessa Righeimer 20:32 in 18th place, Mary Clara Hutchison 21:48 in 36th place, and Dawn Schomisch 22:37 in 45th place.

Other Wolfpack competitors included Elizabeth Gienger in 42nd place with a time of 22:22, Samara Jacobovitz in 54th place with a time of 24:00, and Lauren Fereday in 55th place in 24:01.

On the men’s side, Loyola finished in sixth place out of ten teams with an average time of 29:39- also the best team average since 2003.

Kenny Tsao led Loyola finishing in 20th place with a personal best 28:06. Abraham Thacker was 22nd in a time of 29:07. The next two Wolfpack competitors completed the course in personal bests. Alex Mayon was 26th in 29:20 and Galen Westerfield finished 36th in a time of 30:03.

Other runners for the Wolfpack included Chris Graugnard in 31:46 (46th place), Alex Hall in 32:57 (50th place), and Lonterio DeVaull in 32:57 (51st place).

“Considering we have a young group of runners, I was pleased with our results. We had seven personal bests today. This group will continue to learn and improve with more experience. We enjoyed our first appearance in the SSAC Championships and hope to improve our standing next year. I was extremely proud of our team and look forward to some great things from them in the future” said Loyola head coach Andy Canegitta.

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