Cross Country Outlook
The Saint Mary’s cross country team is poised for even more success in the 2015 season. Brittany Beeler, Allie Danhof, Kaitlyn Alessi, Kathryn Marshall, and Caitlin Blum are just a handful of returning student-athletes looking to lead the way this upcoming fall for the Belles.
Beeler had an outstanding sophomore season and was on the cusp of becoming just the second Saint Mary’s harrier to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship race. Twelve seconds stood between Beeler and a chance to compete at the Division III Cross Country Championship in 2014. The junior looks to improve upon her All-MIAA Second Team and All-Region performances from a year ago and lead the Belles to a successful 2015 season.
Danhof was in the Belles’ top five finishers consistently for a second consecutive year and will look to help the team move back into the top tier of the MIAA. Alessi and Marshall had strong sophomore campaigns a year ago as the pair regularly joined Beeler and Danhof in the top five for the team. Both competed in the 2014 NCAA Regional race for Saint Mary’s and were scoring finishers at the event for the Belles, and both had big personal record 6k times in their sophomore seasons which they will look to improve upon in 2015. Blum, meanwhile, was in the top five for the team once and regularly finished in the team’s top seven throughout her first year on the squad.
Katelyn Dunn and Colleen Burke look to end their careers on a high note in 2015 while Anna McClowry, Colleen Ogren, and Maggie Pacana will all vie to contribute to the team’s success this fall. Along with several newcomers, the Belles aim to compete for a top-three finish at the MIAA Championship near the end of the season.