Ray sets a long-jump record for the Dons; new faces replace legends for Greyhounds and Friars


On a dreary afternoon at Blakefield, the Loyola track & field team still managed some fast times and one team record as the Dons defeated Archbishop Spalding, 95-46, in MIAA A Conference action.

The highlight was Penn University bound Aaron Ray who set a Loyola school record with his leap of 23-1/2-inches in the long jump.

“We are very happy with the effort and enthusiasm from all of our athletes,” said Loyola coach Jose Albornoz. “Aaron obviously had a big day but we also had double event winners in seniors Carlo Melchiorre and Andrew Ray and sophomore Carter Bruns.”

Spalding coach Phil DeRosier also received some great performances from his athletes

“We are pleased with the efforts of our very young team,” said DeRosier. “Kaden Curtis had an especially good race winning the 400. Our 4×800 (relay) scored a big win and we are proud of the work they have done as upperclassmen modeling the way for the young runners in our program.”

Loyola- Spalding Dual

It was a much different look on the track at Gilman as Archbishop Curley and Gilman squared off for the first time in 35 years without legendary coaches Gene Hoffman and Johnnie Foreman leading the way. Both have retired since the last time these squads met.

Despite the rain knocking out two events, the athletes competed fiercely, with Gilman winning 102-26.

The Greyhounds (3-0) received impressive wins by Pieter Heesters, who ran a personal best time of 9:43 in the 3200, JB Brooks, who won both hurdle events, and Ahmir Crawley, who won both throwing events. Gilman also had a strong showing in the 800, which it swept, while senior captains Beck Wittstadt (1:57) and Quinn Caverly (2:01) registered impressive times.

2021 MIAA DUAL MEET Gilman vs. Curley