2013 Cross Country Outlook
A year after picking up their first USTFCCCA Regional Pre-Season ranking, head coach Jackie Bauters and the Saint Mary's cross country team have their sights set on regaining that ranking and moving back toward the top of the MIAA in 2013.
With the graduation of a class of six seniors, the Belles look to a core of experienced leading runners to set the pace this fall. Bursting onto the scene for the Belles last season was Jessica Biek '14, who was the team’s top finisher in each race during her first season with the cross country program. Biek posted the fifth-fastest 5k time in program history in her first collegiate 5k at the Calvin Invitational last year. Later in the fall, she ran the third-fastest MIAA Championship 6k time in the history of Saint Mary's cross country.
Fellow senior Colette Curtis '14, junior Samee Chittenden '15, and sophomore Allie Danhof '16 will help Biek lead the pack in 2013. Curtis ran a personal record time at the MIAA Championship last year while finishing fourth overall for the Belles in the conference race and the NCAA Regional.
Chittenden was a consistent contributor a season ago while picking up personal record times in three races. Danhof emerged as a top runner for the Belles in her first season as she was the team's third finisher at the MIAA Championship race and also competed in the NCAA Regional.
That core of experienced runners leading the way for several returners and newcomers in 2013 have the Belles poised for a successful season this upcoming fall. Joining the roster in 2013 are Sarah Thompson '14, Emily Getz '15, and Erin Knauf '15, who are all proven athletes for the Belles in other varsity sports. Freshmen Kaitlyn Alessi, Brittany Beeler, Kathryn Marshall, Colleen Ogren, and Maggie Pacana all look to contribute to the Belles' success this fall.
The Belles open the season on Saturday, August 31 at the Wabash Hokum Karem meet.