Oct. 1, 2011
CHICAGO - Gina Valgoi finished 11th and Josh Stein claimed 20th place to lead Loyola cross country as the Ramblers hosted the 39th Annual Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational today at Montrose Beach. Loyola's men's team accrued 183 team points to finish fourth overall, second among Division I teams, while the women's team took fifth overall, third among Division I teams, with 203 team points. Toledo (55 points) claimed the men's title while Iowa (27) took the women's crown.
Loyola's women's team faced a tough field and finished behind only Iowa and Illinois among Division I teams. Junior Gina Valgoi was terrific, posting a time of 17:50 over the 5K course to finish 11th in a field of 538 runners. Sophomores Megan Janezic and Alyvia Clark were not far behind, with Janezic taking 36th in 18:32, three seconds ahead of Clark, who finished in 41st position. Senior Liz Butler also put together a solid race, finished 54th overall (18:46), while junior Catherine Crisler rounded out Loyola's scoring quintet, finishing in 87th position with a time of 19:08.
Several other Ramblers also competed on a brisk fall day. Freshmen Grace Moore (122nd, 19:32), Ally Spiroff (136th, 19:39) and Niki Drolshagen (143rd, 19:42) were the next three across the line followed by Kelly Egan (156th, 19:48), Jenn Bane (179th, 20:00), Mary Whitmore (183rd, 20:03), Ashley Wile (194th, 20:09) and Holly Rhode (205th, 20:15).
As he has on many occasions, Stein set the pace for the Rambler men, finishing 20th overall, covering the 8K route in 25:39. Freshman Sam Penzenstadler put together the best race of his young career, finishing one second behind Stein to take 25th place. The duo was nine seconds ahead of Danny Docherty (32nd, 25:49) while Oscar Aguinaga (63rd, 26:17) and Andy Fenske (79th, 26:28) rounded out Loyola's scorers.
The collegiate races were just part of a busy day of racing. Team winners and medalists from the other races are listed below.
High School Varsity Boys - New Trier, Leland Later (New Trier)
High School Varsity Girls - Fremd, Sammi Donovan (Waukesha North)
High School JV Boys - Lyons, Michael Sawyers (Sandberg)
High School JV Girls - Fremd, Bridget Dincher (Fremd)
High School Frosh/Soph Boys - New Trier, Connor Trapp (New Trier)
High School Frosh/Soph Girls - Minooka, Gabby Gall (Minooka)
Elementary School Boys - Beecher Jr. High, Nick Wondell (Crown Point Christian)
Elementary School Girls - Onahan, Allayna Gagnard (Chicago Flyers)
Loyola takes two weeks off before returning to action on Oct. 14 at the Bradley Classic.