Oct. 13, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Jake Autio and senior Gina Valgoi led their respective sides today as Loyola competed in the 2012 NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville, Ky. Colorado won the team title on the men's side, while Florida State captured the women's title.
For the first time this season, Autio (24:31) led the Ramblers in the men's seeded 8k race. Sophomore Sam Penzenstadler was close behind him, recording a time of 24:38 on the challenging course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Sophomore, and Kentucky native, Jared Skrabacz (25:32) also turned in an impressive showing in his home state. Other Loyola finishers in the seeded 8k race included Alex Thornburg (24:57), Oscar Aguinaga (25:28), Khushpal Sangha (26:04) and Nick Miller (26:18). Senior Mike Janusek (26:25) and freshman Mitch Baum (26:38) competed in the men's unseeded 8k as well.
In the women's seeded 6k race, it was again Valgoi leading the way for the Ramblers as she posted a time of 21:00. Competing in her first NCAA Pre-Nationals meet, freshman Sydney Stuenkel (22:01) also turned in a strong showing. Some of the other Rambler women's finishers included Megan Janezic (21:57), Alyvia Clark (22:25), Ericka Laviste (22:43), Ella Tracy (22:51) and Catherine Crisler (24:19). Like on the men's side, a handful of the Rambler women competed in the unseeded 6k race. Junior Colleen Baker (23:28) and senior Holly Rhode (23:55) were just a few of the Rambler participants. Head Coach Randy Hasenbank gave his own insights on the day's results.
"Today was a bit of a struggle," said Hasenbank. "Even though we didn't get the ideal results that we hoped for, it was a very valuable and necessary experience for both of our sides."
The Loyola University Chicago men's and women's cross country teams will return to action this Friday, October 19, when they compete in the Illini Open in Urbana, Ill.