SMC at Sean Earl Invitational
Belles Earn Strong Finish at Sean Earl Invitational
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Saint Mary's cross country team finished 28th out of 41 teams at the 2010 Sean Earl Invitational hosted by Loyola University.
The women's collegiate division featured schools from NAIA and Division III programs up to Division I squads. The event was won by Division I Northwestern University. Other DI schools at the race were Drake, University of Chicago, Bradley, Northern Iowa, UNLV, Depaul, and the host Ramblers of Loyola.
The Belles took 28th with a team score of 725. Leading the way for the Belles was sophomore Julia Kenney, who finished the 5k in 19:23 for a new personal record. Joanne Almond was the next Saint Mary's harrier to finish on Saturday with a time of 19:45. Emma Baker was the third finisher for the Belles with a 20:03, 22 seconds better than her 5k PR set just two weeks ago at the Calvin Knight Invitational.
Catie Salyer and Sam Wassel wrapped up the team scoring on the afternoon. Salyer turned in a 20:10 for a PR while Wassel was right behind her with a 20:11 5k race for yet another PR by a Saint Mary's runner.
Clare McVey and Lauren Easton were the sixth and seventh finishers for Saint Mary's, running 21:01 and 21:04 races to lead a pack of Belles, respectively.
The Belles will return to the greater Chicago area this week when they travel to Lisle, Illinois, on Friday for a race at Benedictine University.