SMC at NCAA Regionals

Kenney All-Region as Belles Take 15th at Regionals


HOLLAND, Mich. - The Saint Mary's cross country team concluded one of the most successful seasons in program history with a 15th place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday.

In a talent-laden regional that featured numerous top 25 programs, the Belles matched their best team finish at regionals in a field of 34 teams with a team score of 407, 18 points better than Adrian and 20 points ahead of Alma. Seventh ranked Calvin won their third straight Great Lakes Regional with a score of 69 while 10th-ranked Hope finished second with a 107.

Julia Kenney had a personal record time yet again as the sophomore cracked into the 22s for the first time ever with a 22:53.3. Not only was it a new PR for the sophomore, but it was good enough for 34th overall and 33rd place points as well as All-Region honors. Joanne Almond bettered her PR by a second to finish as the Belles' second scoring runner (61st / 59th place points).

Emma Baker ran a 23:44.7 for Saint Mary's to finish 73rd (70th) in a pack of three runners all turning in 23:44s. Catie Salyer concluded a strong career for the Belles on Saturday as she ran a 24:11.2 (102nd/98th). Sam Wassel helped edge the Belles ahead of conference foes Adrian and Alma with her time of 25:08.5 (153rd/147th).

Angela Nebesny (25:16.9) and Clare McVey (25:27.7) finished sixth and seventh for Saint Mary's at regionals as the Belles finished their 2010 season.