Belles Finish Eleventh at Calvin Invite

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Saint Mary's cross country team finished 11th out of 26 teams at the Calvin Knight Invitational on Saturday with a team score of 296.

Jessica Biek was the Belles' top finisher on Saturday. (photo courtesy of Camille Higdon)
Jessica Biek was the
Belles' top finisher on
Saturday. (photo courtesy
of Camille Higdon)
Eleventh-ranked Calvin won the event with a score of 40. NAIA-member and ninth-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) was second with a 101, and 35th-ranked Case Western was third with a score of 134. Six schools competing in the race are currently ranked in either Division III or NAIA.

Jessica Biek ran a collegiate personal record time and posted the fifth-fastest 5k time in program history with a 19:03.9 while finishing 40th (33rd scorer) overall. Brittany Beeler was not far behind with a 19:05.5 for the sixth-fastest 5k time in school history while finishing 45th (38th scorer) for the Belles.

Allie Danhof posted a collegiate personal record time for a 5k with a 19:39.8 to finish 77th (62nd scorer) overall. Samee Chittenden and Katelyn Dunn also posted collegiate 5k personal record times to wrap up the Belles' scoring efforts. Chittenden broke into the 19-minute range for the first time with a 19:42.6 to finish 82nd (65th scorer), and Dunn ran a 20:24.2 to finish 127th (98th scorer) at the race.

Kaitlyn Alessi and Kathryn Marshall ran the 5k in times of 20:44.9 (157th) and 20:47.3 (164th), respectively, to help pace the Belles.

Colleen Ogren, Sarah Thompson, and Emily Getz all finished within a few seconds of one another. Ogren ran a 20:59.8 to finish 178th. Thompson crossed the finish line in 21:02.2 (181st), and Getz was half a second behind with a 21:02.7 (182nd).

Colette Curtis posted a time of 21:20.3 for 202nd place. Maggie Pacana ran the 5k in 21:54.1 to finish 239th. Erin Knauf was 246th with a 22:07.0. Holly Higdon posted a collegiate 5k personal record with a time of 22:24.6 to finish 260th.

The Belles have a week off of competition before the MIAA Jamboree, which will be hosted on Saturday, September 28 at Adrian.