Belles Have Solid Performances at Oshkosh Pre-National Race
- Brittany Beeler finished 57th in a field of more than 400 with a 22:36.90.
- Allie Danhof ran a lifetime personal record time of 23:53.50.
- Adele Edmonds, Mary Philbin, and Meghan Allen all ran personal record times.
WINNECONNE, Wis. - The Saint Mary's cross country team finished 33rd at the highly-competitive University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Pre-National race on Saturday.
The race featured 48 women's teams from 13 states as programs from across the country traveled to Wisconsin for a chance to race on the same course as this season's NCAA Division III Championship race. Washington University in St. Louis, who is ranked fifth among all NCAA Division III women's teams, won the event with a score of 136. No. 14 ranked Willamette was second with a 165, and 13th ranked University of Chicago was third with a 201. Eleven of the top 13 finishing teams at the event are ranked in the top 35 nationally.
The Belles finished 33rd at the race with a team score of 916 to place higher than conference foes Albion, Trine, and Kalamazoo. Brittany Beeler continued to lead the way for Saint Mary's. The junior ran a 22:36.90 to finish 57th out of more than 400 runners. Allie Danhof ran a lifetime personal record time of 23:53.50 to finish 196th overall while earning 182 place points.
Adele Edmonds also ran a personal record time on Saturday with a 24:15.06 for 241st place overall and 220 team place points. Kaitlyn Alessi was two seconds behind with a 24:17.41 for 248th place overall and 225 points. Anna McClowry wrapped up the team placement with a 24:24.00 for 25th overall and 232 place points.
Mary Philbin was barely a second behind McClowry as she edged out a runner from North Central with a personal record time of 24:25.43 for 261st. Colleen Ogren crossed the finish line in 24:39.15 for 274th place overall.
Caitlin Blum just missed out on a sub-25 minute time with a 25:02.54 for 304th. Emily Harrast was not far behind with a 25:17.36 to finish 323rd. Sarah Allen ran a 26:17.08 and outlasted a runner from Milwaukee School of Engineering for 361st.
Limited to only 10 competitors in the first race, the Belles had five runners compete in the open invitational race later in the day on the same course and finish 12th as a group with a 299 score. Katelyn Dunn was the team's first finisher of the open invitational race with a time of 24:42.32 to finish 52nd overall and 35th among the scoring runners. Meghan Allen posted a personal record time by taking 30 seconds off last week's time for a 25:08.41 for 76th overall and 49 placement points.
Kathryn Marshall ran a 25:38.13 for her best 6k time of the year to finish 101st while claiming 65 place points. Maggie Pacana crossed the finish line in 25:51.87 for 116th overall and 74th place. Colleen Burke rounded out the Belles' efforts on the day with a season-best 25:56.58 for 121st and 76 placement points.
The Belles are off from competition next weekend and are back in action on Saturday, October 31 for the MIAA Championship race. The event is hosted by Olivet and will be held at Broadway Acres Golf Course in Charlotte, Michigan beginning at 11:00 a.m.