Jackie Bauters enters her eighth year at the helm of the Belles cross country program in the fall of 2012.
A 2004 graduate of Saint Mary’s, Bauters was a three-year member of the cross country squad. In 2001 she was named to the MIAA second-team all-conference squad. In addition, she was named to the MIAA academic honor roll on three occasions. She also served as the team captain her senior year.
In 2006 and 2007, she coached Megan Gray to the NCAA Division III Championship race. It was the first time that Saint Mary's had a runner run in the National Championship event. Both Gray and Sara Otto earned MIAA All-Conference honors in 2006 in becoming the second and third Saint Mary's harriers to earn such an accolade. In 2008, Megan McClowry joined the list of All-MIAA cross country runners with her strong season.
In 2007, she guided the squad to the team title at the Thunder and Benedictine Invitationals. Saint Mary’s also posted back-to-back fourth place finishes at the MIAA Championships in 2007 and 2008.
More recently, Julia Kenney joined Gray as the second Belle to earn All-MIAA and All-Region honors in the same season with a strong season in 2010.
“The cross country program at Saint Mary’s is steadily headed in a positive direction and as an alumna it means a lot to me,” Bauters said. “Being able to steadily progress toward the top tier of the MIAA during my tenure has been a great thrill.”
After graduating from Saint Mary’s, the Highland Heights, Ohio, native served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College (N.Y.) while earning her Master’s degree in sports psychology. During the 2005 season, she help guide the Bombers squad to an appearance at the NCAA championships.
Joanne Almond rejoins the Saint Mary's cross country team after receiving her degree from the College in 2012. A four-year member of the Belles cross country team, Almond was named the Most Valuable Runner by the team as a senior captain last fall.
A four-time MIAA Honor Roll and eight-time Dean's List honoree, she was the recipient of the 2012 Athletic and Academic Achievement Award at the annual Senior Awards ceremony. Her 5k time of 18:42 in her senior year stands as the second-fastest 5k time in program history.
Almond will serve as the assistant coach until beginning a job in accounting in Chicago starting in January 2013.