Wolf Pack feature numerous individual bests, led by Rizzi's 13th place finish.
Coming off the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival, the Loyola University New Orleans cross country team embarked on Varnell, Georgia on Saturday morning to take part in the second annual Dalton State Cross Country Festival held at Prater's Mill.
"I am very happy with our overall performance both on the men's and women's side," said Loyola Head Coach Nick Dodson. "We had some lifetime best marks and a top-15 finisher, which are all great results … this was a great early test and we responded well on a new course."
"We are getting more and more confident each week and that goes a really long way. We still have a lot of work to do but I like where we are right now."
Anthony Rizzi once again led the way for the Wolf Pack men, taking 13th (29:00) on the 8K course to tie his highest career collegiate finish. Brian Davis (SO/New Orleans, LA) had a career morning at Prater's Mill, recording his highest career finish (22nd) and best individual 8K time (30:02). Hernan Espinal (SO/Baton Rouge, LA) also clocked a career day in Georgia after earning his best 8K time (34.23) and highest ever finish (36th). Finishing the course in 34:46, Austin Palmore (FR/Milton, Ga.) grabbed 38th, while Melvin Bergeron (SO/Houston, Tex.) tied his best collegiate finish (41st) after crossing the line in 36:32.
Kendall Rene Lane (SO/New Orleans, LA) was the top finisher for the women, posting her highest career placing with a 25th place finish (23:31). Alma Guerra-Gonzalez (SR/Terrytown, La.) posted her fastest career 5K time on Saturday morning, finishing the course in 24:04 to claim 27th. Making her 2016 cross country debut, track and field standout Leah Banks took home 29th (24:22), while Shannon Hester (SO/Bayonne, N.J.) grabbed 32nd in 25:02. Jordan Elissa (SO/Dallas, Texas) was the final Loyola finisher for the women, crossing the line in 25:53 to claim 33rd.
The Wolf Pack will head to Oxford, Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 1, to take part in the 11th Annual Jacksonville State University Foothills Invitational.