Belles Claim Fourth Place at MIAA Championship Race


  • Brittany Beeler ran the second-fastest time for a Belle at the MIAA Championship race.
  • Beeler also earned All-MIAA First Team honors after finishing sixth overall.
  • Allie Danhof, Mary Philbin, and Caitlin Blum all posted PR times.

CHARLOTTE, Mich. - The Saint Mary's cross country team was one point behind Alma and finished fourth at the MIAA Championship race on Saturday at Broadway Acres Golf Course.

No. 11 ranked Hope won the event with a team score of 42. No. 28 ranked Calvin was second with a 47. Alma took third with a score of 121 while the Belles turned in a score of 122. Due to the combined scoring model for final conference standings, Saint Mary's finished tied for fourth place in the MIAA for the 2015 season with Trine. Hope claimed the conference title, Calvin finished second, and Alma was third in the final standings.

Brittany Beeler with her All-MIAA First Team plaque.
Brittany Beeler with
her All-MIAA First
Team plaque.
Brittany Beeler led the Saint Mary's pack in a big way on Saturday as the junior finished sixth overall in a time of 22:40.5. With her combined finishes at the MIAA Jamboree and Championship races, she became just the second runner in program history to earn All-MIAA First Team honors. Her time is the second-fastest performance by a Saint Mary's runner at the MIAA Championship race in program history.

Allie Danhof posted a personal record for the second time in as many races with a 23:53.3 to finish 23rd among scoring runners and 24th overall. Colleen Ogren led a big pack of Belles who would secure the team finish. Ogren ran a 24:15.1 for 30th place points and 36th overall. Mary Philbin had a personal record time of 24:17.6 for 31st place points and 37th place overall. Anna McClowry took 32nd place scoring and was 39th overall in a time of 24:20.9 to round out the team score. Kaitlyn Alessi and Caitlin Blum also finished with the large pack for Saint Mary's. Alessi was 33rd with a time of 24:24.0. Blum ran a personal record time of 24:30.0 for 35th place.

Sarah Allen ran a 24:49.7 to finish 47th in the field. Katelyn Dunn finished in 24:56.6 for 50th, and Adele Edmonds was right behind with a 24:58.6 for 51st place overall. Emily Harrast turned in a time of 25:13.9 for 61st place, and Meghan Allen crossed the finish line in 25:21.6 for 64th. Colleen Burke ran a 25:52.6 for 78th, and Maggie Pacana rounded out the efforts on the day for the Belles with a 25:56.5 for 82nd.

The Belles next compete in the NCAA Regional race, which takes place in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 14 starting at 11:00 a.m.