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Loyola cross country runs in 37th Annual Azalea City Classic

September 25, 2009

The Loyola men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the 37th Annual Azalea City Classic held at Battleship Park, in Mobile, Ala., on Sept. 19.

In the men’s 5,000 meter meet, Loyola scored 150 points to finish fifth out of seven teams. The Wolfpack finished ahead of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference foes Mobile (183 points) and Dillard (204 points). Spring Hill was fourth with 105 points.

Kieran Harper was the top performer for the Wolfpack. He finished 26th with a time of 19:29. Parker Carignan was next across the line for Loyola with a time of 20:08 for 31st. Other competitors for the Wolfpack included Alex Mayon in 34th with a time of 20:33, Alex Hall in 38th with a time of 21:04, Kenny Tsao in 40th with a time of 21:36, Adam Mayon in 42nd with a time of 21:49, and Chris Graugnard in 46th with a time of 22:45. Adam Mayon and Hall each had personal bests.

In the women’s race, Hannah Dougherty led the Wolfpack with a 16th finish. She completed the 5,000 meter course with a time of 22:05. Lauren Fereday was 30th with a time of 24:16 and Clare Hearns was not far behind in 32nd place with a time of 24:24. Other runners included Annelise Rickert in 34th place with a time of 24:29, Jenna Knoblach in 36th place with a time of 24:58, Olivia Taylor in 42nd place with a time of 28:44, and Joilynn Hollies in 43rd place with a time of 28:50. Hearns, Rickert and Knoblach scored personal bests.

Loyola was sixth out of six teams with 144 points. GCAC rival Spring Hill was fifth with 131 points.

The Wolfpack returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge.

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