Freshmen led both Wolf Pack squads on Saturday as Walter Ramsey (FR/Marietta, Ga.) finished sixth to lead the men while Sasha Solano-McDaniel (FR/Fresno, Ca.) tallied a 13th-place finish to pace the women's team.
Head Coach Nick Dodson and the Loyola University New Orleans cross country team welcomed ten collegiate programs to Lafreniere Park on Saturday morning for the third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Classic.
Under blue skies and sunshine, runners from Tulane, University of New Orleans, Southern (La.), Mississippi Valley, Spring Hill, Jackson State, Xavier (La,), Tougaloo, Dillard, and Loyola took to the 5k course on Saturday all poised to make their mark in this early season meet.
On the men's side, the Wolf Pack logged a great team effort in the event, finishing as the top Non-NCAA D-1 school and second overall team with 30 points. Newcomer Walter Ramsey continued to impress after logging a 16:47.8 to finish sixth in the stacked field. Ramsey's time is the fastest 5K time for a Loyola male runner in the past two seasons and is the seventh quickest 5K finish in Wolf Pack men's history. Brian Davis (JR/New Orleans, La.) clocked a 17:25.1 to finish 14th on Saturday and Liam Donovan (FR/Kirkwood, Mo.) landed inside the top 25 with a time of 18:29.9 to take 24th overall. Daniel Welch (FR/St. Louis, Mo.)'s 18:51.7 landed the freshman in 26th while Hank Hendrix (SO/Louisville, Ky.) (19:21) and Gustavo Mena Pacheco (19:24.5) finished back-to-back in 31st and 32nd, respectively. Hernan Espinal (JR/Baton Rouge, La.) was the final finisher for the Wolf Pack at the event after logging a 22:39.0 to claim 48th.
Tulane literally ran away with the team title on Saturday, thanks to six top-10 finishers on the day. Individually, the Green Wave's senior speedster Moses Aloiloi took home the title after crossing the line in an impressive 16:05.1.
Men's Team Top Five
1. Tulane - 18 points
2. Loyola - 30 points
3. Spring Hill – 34 points
4. UNO – 54 points
5. Southern – 75 points
Men's Individual Top Five
1. Moses Aloiloi – Tulane (16:05.1)
2. Joshua Cheruyot – Tulane (16:12.7)
3. Aaron Albert – UNO (16:13.4)
4. Carlos Zervignon – Tulane (16:24.9)
5. David Toups – Spring Hill (16:38.9)
On the women's side, Sasha Solano-McDaniel once again was the top finisher for Loyola. The talented newcomer left Lafreniere Park with a 13th-place finish in 21:11.4, while fellow freshmen Rachel Barnack (FR/Indianapolis, Ind.) (22:52.4) and Helena Lauchli (FR/Longmont, Co.) (22:58.0) ended the day in 27th and 29th, respectively. Crossing the finish line in 23:47.4, Kendall Lane was the final finisher for the women's team, claiming 36th in the 63-person field.
Mississippi Valley's Scholasticah Kemei took home the individual title on Saturday ans Tulane once again claimed the team championship (20 total points).
Women's Team Top Five
1. Tulane - 20 points
2. Spring Hill - 23 points
3. Xavier – 39 points
4. Mississippi Valley – 51 points
5. Jackson State/Tougaloo – 74 points
Women's Individual Top Five
1. Scolasticah Kemei – Mississippi Valley (18:48.7)
2. McKenzie Melius – Tulane (19:03.9)
3. Sarah Cella – Tulane (19:36.5)
4. Rachel Maue – Tulane (19:40.5)
5. Mary Catherine Stovall – Tulane (19:58.7)
The Wolf Pack will be back in action next week at the LSU on September 16. First race from Highland Road Park is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.