Cross Country Outlook

The Saint Mary’s cross country team continues to be a steady threat in the MIAA and beyond, and the Belles aim to continue that trend in 2016.

After narrowly missing out on a top three finish in the final conference standings a season ago, Brittany Beeler ’17, Kaitlyn Alessi ’17, Caitlin Blum ’18, Adele Edmonds ’19, and Aubrey Penn ’19 will be looked toward to help set the tone for the Belles this fall.

Beeler has already become one of the best harriers to don a Saint Mary’s uniform as she looks to further cement her legacy with a berth in the NCAA Championship race in her final season. A two-time All-Region performer and an All-MIAA First Team honoree, she will help lay the foundation for the team’s success in 2016.

Alessi picked up a pair of personal record times while Blum capped off the season with a PR of her own at the MIAA Championship race. The pair were consistently among a pack of Belles who finished within a minute of one another throughout the year. Newcomers Edmonds and Penn were also in that pack which secured several successful team finishes a season ago. Edmonds was a scoring runner for the team in five races last fall, and Penn was a top three finisher among the team in three races during her first season.

Five newcomers join a corps of 13 experience harriers as the Belles will battle to claim a top three spot in the MIAA in 2016. The season opens on Saturday, September 3 at the Calvin Invitational.