(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans head men’s and women’s cross country and track coach Andy Canegitta announced that Haley Milsark and Maddie Guidry will be joining the Wolf Pack for the 2013-14 school year.
Haley Milsark joins Loyola from Keene State College and Northampton High School. Milsark will enter Loyola as a junior in the fall after competing for Keene State for the past two seasons. Last season, she posted a personal best time of 20:17 for a 5K race during the cross country campaign. Milsark ran the mile, two mile, 800 and 4x800 races for the Keene State track team. She set personal bests of 2:30 in the 800, 5:36 in the mile, and 12:22 in the two mile.
Prior to enrolling at Keene State College, Milsark attended Northampton High School in Northampton, Massachusetts. She ran all four years in high school and captained both the cross country and track teams during her senior year. She was named an honorable mention honoree four times by the Springfield Republican. She was a member of her high school cross country squad which captured the school’s first Western Massachusetts title. Milsark posted a top three finish in the two mile and a top six finish in the mile at the Western Massachusetts Championships. She finished ninth in the Western Massachusetts Championships with a time of 20:23.54 and completed the course at the statewide meet in a time of 18:54 for 86th place.
Milsark intends to study Environmental Science major with a concentration in biology while at Loyola. She is the oldest of three children as she has two younger twin brothers named Ethan and Rory.
“Haley is a transfer student who I feel has not reached her full potential due to injuries. She now has two years of collegiate experience to lean on. I feel she will step in and contribute immediately to both our cross country and track teams. Her experience will be a big asset for us, and I feel it will improve our team as a whole,” said Coach Canegitta.
Maddie Guidry ran track and field for St. Martin’s Episcopal School and head coach Lamar Howard. Guidry specializes in the pole vault as she posted a personal best height of 10-6 this season. During her senior season, Guidry finished first in both her region and district and took second place in the state of Louisiana. In 2012, as a junior she took second place in her district, region, and state. Guidry also raced in the 400 meter sprint where she placed second in her district. She was named the most improved athlete on the track team in 2011. This past season she won the Tony Porter Award for her dedication and achievement.
The LaPlace, Louisiana native also served as the anchor for multiple track relay teams. Guidry swam for St. Martin’s as she won her school’s MVP awards in 2011 and 2012. She won the state meet for the 200 yard freestyle relay in 2009, 2011, and 2012 while finishing third in 2010. She also took home second place in the 100 yard freestyle sprint and the 50 yard freestyle in 2011. Guidry is the daughter of Francis and Maria Guidry and plans to be a design and management major at Loyola.
“Maddie will make an instant impact on the track and field program at Loyola. Her high school marks are already near the qualifying standards for the NAIA nationals in the pole vault. She has a ton of natural talent, and we can’t wait to coach her,” said Coach Canegitta.
Guidry and Milsark join freshman Kennedi Henneberger and Courtney Jicks in the 2013 signing class for the Loyola track program.