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November 2001 - Road league starts; Club A.G.M.

Road league: The club's road leagues for men and women started on Wednesday November 14th and will continue on every Wednesday night during the winter. All are welcome and all you need do is turn up at the Regional Sports Centre on Wednesday night and be ready for a 7.00pm start. 

A.G.M.: The club A.G.M. takes place at Grimes's Lounge, Johnstown on Wednesday, November 21st at 8.30pm.

November 10, 2001 Carbondale, Illinois 

Wade leads Loyola

The University of Minnesota captured the men's title but Loyola turned in an impressive performance, finishing fifth with a team score of 151. The men were led by freshman Robert Wade (Portlaw, Ireland/North Monastery/Waterford A.C.), who finished the 10k race in 31:05 for an 11th-place finish. Senior Donnie Franzen (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) and junior Jonathan Berning (Lemont, Ill./Marist) were not far behind, finishing 15th and 21st, respectively. All three runners earned all-region accolades for their performances.  


Robert Wade


October 27, 2001Chicago, Illinois.  

Wade selected as league newcomer of the year

Loyola University Chicago's men's cross country team turned in an outstanding performance as the the men were named co-champions in today's Horizon League Cross Country Championships at Montrose Beach.

Not only were the runners awarded for their effort, but Head Coach Marc Burns was named Horizon League Coach of the Year.  The men tied Butler with 34 points. The last championship crown for the men was in 1997.

Freshman Robert Wade (Portlaw, Ireland/North Monastery/Waterford A.C.) was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year as he turned in a third-place performance in the men's 8k with a time of 24:53, just 13 seconds behind the winner. 

The men turned in five of the top ten finishes in Wade, senior Donnie Franzen (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton), junior Jonathan Berning (Lemont, Ill./Marist), senior Michael Mueller (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) and senior Dave Zabel (Hanover Park, Ill./Glenbard North).
All five men were named to the Horizon League all-conference list.

"It was exciting to see the veterans assert themselves," said Burns. "They fought to the wire and came up big. Robert really stepped up and put his nose on the line. Berning ran the best race of his career and had a huge last 2,000-meters. He was key because he led the group to pass some key runners down the stretch."  

3rd Robert Wade 24:53; 6th Donnie Frantzen 25:16;  7th Jonathan Berming 25:17

October 26, 2001; New York 

Roisin Quinn helps Providence College to third place finish at Big East Championships

Women's Cross Country Places Third At BIG EAST Championship 

The eighth-ranked Providence College  women's cross country team earned a third-place finish at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship on October 26 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York, N.Y.  PC scored 73 points to finish third behind Boston College (53 points) and Georgetown (36 points). Roisin Quinn (Waterford, Ireland/Ursuline/Waterford A.C.)

October 5, 2001Notre Dame, Indiana.  

LOYOLA fourth at Notre Dame Invitational

Running against some of the top teams in the country, the Loyola cross country squads turned in solid performances this afternoon at the Notre Dame Invitational as the men placed fourth. Finishing with 142 points, the men placed just behind Indiana (115) and ahead of Butler (190), Northern Iowa (209), Ohio State (235) and Illinois State (244). This marks the second time in three meets that the Ramblers have finished ahead of Northern Iowa which was ranked as high as second in the region. Notre Dame, which won the meet is ranked fifth in the nation. Loyola, ranked fourth in the latest Midwest region rankings, beat Northern Iowa (ranked eighth in the Midwest) and three teams ranked in the Great Lakes Region - Indiana (sixth), Ohio State (eighth) and Butler (ninth).

Senior Don Franzen finished eighth individually with a time of 24:41 in the 8k race. Franzen was closely followed by Robert Wade who ran a 24:56 to finish 13th.

"Don and Robert were outstanding today, running with All-Americans in their range," Head Coach Marc Burns said. "Our three and four runners (Jon Berning and Mike Wood) really took it to another level and carried the load."


8. Don Franzen


13. Robert Wade


September 24, 2001 – Chicago, Illinois

Led by senior Donnie Franzen's (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) third-place finish, the Loyola University Chicago men's cross country team finished second out of 14 teams at the Illini Invitational in Savoy, Ill. The Ramblers finished with a team score of 92, just five points away from the winning US Naval Academy's 87 points.

The men, currently ranked 10th in the midwest region, beat tough Big Ten rivals Iowa and Illinois who were ranked seventh and eighth in the region, respectively. Loyola also surpassed regionally ranked Northern Iowa (2nd) and Illinois State (6th) in the impressive outing. 

Other top performers for the men were freshman Robert Wade (Portlaw, Ireland/North Monastery/Waterford A.C.) and seniors Michael Mueller (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) and Matt Horeled (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central). Wade, Mueller and Horeled finished 14th, 21st and 24th, respectively. 



Donnie Franzen



Robert Wade


September 6, 2001 - Chicago, Illinois 


Loyola University Chicago freshman cross country runner Robert Wade (Portlaw, Ireland/North Monastery/Waterford A.C.) was named Horizon League Runner of the Week it was announced today. Wade becomes the first Rambler athlete to be awarded such an honor this season.

Wade set the pace for the men's cross country team at their first competition of the season by finishing first at the UIC Home Opener on September 1, 2001. He ran the 4.1-mile distance in 21:07. His lead helped Loyola to their first win against UIC and Chicago State, defeating both foes 15-50.

September 1, 2001 – Chicago, Illinois  

Wade first as LOYOLA wins home opener

Freshman Robert Wade (Portlaw, Ireland/North Monastery/Waterford A.C.) led the Loyola University Chicago men's cross country team to a first-place finish at the UIC Home Opener at the Palos Hills Preserve. The LU men's team dominated the 4.1-mile course with the top nine fastest times. Wade led the way followed by four Ramblers who tied for second place. Mike Wood (Chicago, Ill./Marist), Steve Accardi, Kyle Meyers (St. Paul, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) and Michael Eaton (Zion, Ill./St. Joseph) ran the distance in 21:23. Loyola defeated both UIC and Chicago State 15-50.


Robert Wade




Mike Wood




Steve Accardi



August 2001 - Wade and Quinn all set for U.S.A.; No senior title for Waterford A.C.

Scholarships: Two of our club's brightest young prospects are packing their bags and getting ready to take the scholarship trail to the U.S.A.  Robert Wade of Portlaw has completed his course of study at the North Monastery, Cork, where he came under the excellent coaching of Bro. John Dooley, and from now on he will be competing in the colours of famed Loyola University in Chicago. Robert has had a wonderful year on the roads where he had many battles with that other Waterford prospect William Harty and, of course, he won the Irish schools steeplechase title to crown a great season.  Róisín Quinn, our top young female athlete is set to link up with Providence College head coach Ray Treacy - yet another Waterford man - and she, no doubt will blossom in the competitive climate in New England.  Good luck goes to both of them from everyone in the club.  

Senior Championships:  

June 2001 - Big successes for club athletes.

Our oldest athlete, Mary Ryan Jennings almost made it five wins in the National marathon Championship held at Dungarvan but, in the end, she had to be content with second place.  Mary has an incredible record of achievement in this race and this indestructable athlete is already looking forward to next years race.  Two of our youngest athletes had great wins in the Irish schools championships at Tullamore with Róisín Quinn winning the senior 800m, finishing third in the senior 1500m and Louise Brent winning the senior Triple Jump.  Congratulations go to all three women.

February 2001 - Róisín Quinn on Irish Junior team.

Congratulations to club athlete Róisín Quinn on her selection for the Irish junior team for the Home Countries Indoor International in Cardiff on February 10/11.  Róisín will compete in the 800m.  This is a just reward for an very promising athlete and we expect that she will perform to her usual high standards.  With Robert Wade excelling over the country in recent weeks and Paul Grant all set for his entry into the junior ranks, there are some exciting months ahead for our club.  

January 2001 - Robert Wade, the proud owner of an Irish Green vest. 

Robert Wade achieved a life ambition on Sunday January 28 when he competed for Ireland in the Junior men's 7000m cross country international held in Portugal.  Robert finished in 7th place overall and he was the first Irish junior to finish.  Robert is following in the footsteps of his father, Michael, in his love for our sport.  Incidentally, Robert has transferred to North Monastery School in Cork where he has come under the expert coaching of Bro. John Dooley, an old friend of this club.