SMC at Manchester Invitational
Belles Take Second, Narrowly Edged Out of Win
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Saint Mary's cross country team had another strong race on Saturday at the Manchester Invitational as the Belles finished just seven points behind the host Spartans for second place.
In a field of nine teams and a handful of individuals, Manchester won their invitational with a team score of 38 while Saint Mary's took second place with a 45.
Julia Kenney finished in third place overall in 23:09.3 to shatter her 6k personal best time of her college career by 46 seconds. Joanne Almond also ran a sub-24 race on Saturday. She ran a 23:34.2 for yet another PR on the season while finishing sixth.
Emma Baker and Catie Salyer finished back-to-back with times of 24:08.2 and 24:09.7 for ninth and tenth places, respectively. Both times were PRs for Baker and Salyer. Sam Wassel was the fifth runner for Saint Mary's to finish at Manchester. The senior had a time of 24:37.1 for 17th place and her best time in a 6k in her collegiate career.
Angela Nebesny also had a strong performance on Saturday by running a 24:48.3 while Kristy Kucharski (25:06.7) and Dani Haydell (25:08.4) were both under 25:10 on Saturday.
The Belles will return to action in two weeks when they look to clinch their highest-ever conference finish in program history at the MIAA Championships, hosted by Calvin College on October 30.