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Greyhounds run against loaded field

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Racing in University of Virginia’s Panorama Farms Invitational wasn’t about placement as a team for Loyola; that would be an excessively tall task considering how many nationally-ranked teams were running. It was putting the Greyhound runners out there competing against the best collegiate runners in the country.

Loyola’s women’s cross country team played just 12th out of 14 teams with 355 points, but the teams they finished behind included No. 19 BYU, the race-winners, No. 16 Syracuse (third place), the No. 14 Cavaliers (fourth place) and fifth-place William & Mary, which are receiving votes.

William & Mary junior Regan Rome won the race with a time of 17:01.1. Greyhounds freshman Kayleigh Caggiano finished 73rd overall with a time of 19:08.3 for 63 points. Four Greyhounds finished the 5K women’s race below the 20-minute mark.

Junior Sarah Askin finished 80th at 19:17.2, classmate Cordelia McGinn was three spots back with a time of 19:24.4 and freshman Megan Crilly crossed the finish line in 97th place with a time of 19:31.1.

Sophomore Mary Sutton rounded out the Greyhound scoring quintet with a time of 20:05.4.

The men’s squad finished last our of 14 teams in their 8K race, but their field was even more stacked with No. 12 BYU winning the race, No. 1 Syracuse coming in second, No. 11 Virginia finishing in third and No. 4 Stanford finishing in fourth place as a team.

The Greyhounds averaged 28:17.40 among their five scoring runners. Junior Alexander Saffadi led the Loyola effort with a time of 27:17.6 in 88th place. Freshman Samuel Williams finished at 28:01.4 in 99th place overall. Seniors Bradley Beard (28:30.0), Aexander Buchholtz (28:45.1) and Thomas Porth (28:52.9) rounded out the Loyola scoring.

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