SMC at NIU Huskie Invitational
Lone Division III School in Pack, Belles Earn Respectable Finish
DEKALB, Ill. - Competing in a field of nine teams, six of whom are NCAA Division I programs, the Saint Mary's College cross country team had a strong day with a sixth place.
The Belles finished ahead of NAIA Judson University, NJCAA Iowa Western C.C., and NCAA DI Chicago State University with a 134 on the afternoon.
Megan McClowry picked right up where she left off last season by crossing the finish line first for the Belles. The senior captain ran the 5k course in 20:42.69 and finished 22nd overall in the field of 105 runners.
Freshman Julia Kenney made an impressive collegiate debut at the race by finishing 30th with a time 21:12.20. Kenney was at the front of a pack of Saint Mary's harriers who all finished under 22 minutes. Arianne Rodriguez and Clare McVey were the next two Belles to finish the race. Rodriguez finished in 21:17.44 while McVey turned in a time of 21:20.17.
Joanne Almond had a 21:26.41 to finish the top-five scoring for the Belles and give Saint Mary's a 134. Catie Salyer (21.32.87), Sam Wieczorek (21:50.21), Angela Nebesny (21:51.33), and Kristy Kucharski (21:56.77) all finished in less than 22 minutes for the Belles on Saturday.
The Belles will race again next Saturday at the Calvin Invitational in Grand Rapids, Mich. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
1 Northwestern University 35 (NCAA DI)
2 Western Illinois Universi 79 (NCAA DI)
3 University of WI @ Milwau 89 (NCAA DI)
4 Northern Illinois Univers 112 (NCAA DI)
5 University of Wi. @ Green 129 (NCAA DI)
6 Saint Mary's College 134 (NCAA DIII)
7 Judson University 147 (NAIA)
8 Iowa Western C.C. 197 (NJCAA)
9 Chicago State University 293 (NCAA DI)
Saint Mary's Times:
22 McClowry, Megan SR Saint Mary's 20:42.69
30 Kenney, Julia FR Saint Mary's 21:12.20
32 Rodriguez, Arianne SO Saint Mary's 21:17.44
34 McVey, Clare JR Saint Mary's 21:20.17
38 Almond, Joanne SO Saint Mary's 21:26.41
39 Salyer, Catie JR Saint Mary's 21:32.87
46 Wieczorek, Sam JR Saint Mary's 21:50.21
47 Nebesny, Angela FR Saint Mary's 21:51.33
50 Kucharski, Kristy JR Saint Mary's 21:56.77
62 Easton, Lauren JR Saint Mary's 22:28.44
70 Maguire, Anne JR Saint Mary's 22:42.12
72 Pfister, Ellen SR Saint Mary's 22:44.03
73 Majewski, Elizabeth FR Saint Mary's 22:44.69
76 Baker, Emma FR Saint Mary's 22:59.70
77 Morrissey, Megan FR Saint Mary's 23:03.90
80 Bronicki, Angie JR Saint Mary's 23:21.76
81 Haydell, Danielle FR Saint Mary's 23:30.37
84 Waite, Stephanie JR Saint Mary's 23:47.43
86 Vicary, Hanna SO Saint Mary's 24:14.71
88 Gatto, Cecelia FR Saint Mary's 24:23.31
89 McClowry, Kari FR Saint Mary's 24:25.91
93 Payne, Kelly SR Saint Mary's 24:37.75
94 Peters, Kate SR Saint Mary's 24:42.75
98 Copi, Sarah FR Saint Mary's 25:24.12
100 Witous, Cece SO Saint Mary's 26:22.39
101 Flaherty, Taylor SR Saint Mary's 27:07.30