(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s cross country team will kick off their 2013 campaign by hosting the Fifth Annual Loyola Wolf Pack Cross Country Invitational. The meet starts at 7:50 am when the collegiate women take to the 5K course around Lafreniere Park in Metairie, Louisiana. The women’s race will be followed by the collegiate men, varsity high school girls, varsity high school boys, jv girls, jv boys, and middle school.
Loyola will look to improve on their 2012 results when the women finished in sixth place. Denise Powell topped the Wolf Pack women as she completed the course in 22:47. The men’s team took home fifth place as Jonathan Malbrue, Paul Freese, and Henry Gerbracht all finished in the top 20 in last year’s edition of the Wolf Pack Invitational. The Wolf Pack enter the season as the sixth ranked team in the SSAC on the women’s side and fifth on the men’s side.
“I expect both of our teams to be very competitive at the Wolf Pack Invitational. We did not perform up to par last season, but I think we have a lot of talent on this year’s team. We have a great opportunity to win our home meet this year and get the season started on the right note,” said head coach Andy Canegitta.
The collegiate meet will feature seven schools on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Pack will be joined by cross town opponents Dillard University and Xavier University as well as SSAC rivals Belhaven University, Spring Hill College, University of Mobile, and William Carey University. Xavier has the top ranked preseason team in the GCAC on both the men’s and women’s side. William Carey enters with a top four preseason ranking in the SSAC.
The high school meet will showcase runners from 20 different schools. The men’s race will feature Jesuit which has the 7th ranked men’s team in the state while the women’s race will have the second (Dominican) and fifth (St. Scholastica) ranked schools. Three of the top four runners in the state of Louisiana will be running in the high school women’s race.