Cross Country Recap
2015 Season in Review
- Thirteen personal record times set by returning Belles.
- Eight different top-five runners in scored races during the year.
- Brittany Beeler became just the second runner in program history to earn All-MIAA First Team honors.
A successful 2015 season for the Saint Mary’s cross country team was made a reality by the depth of talent and commitment of the collective whole of the squad.
The season opened with the Belles posting 10 of the top 14 finishes at an unscored tri-meet with Albion and Olivet. A week and a half later, Saint Mary’s finished 15th out of a highly-competitive field of 25 teams at the Calvin Knight Invitational. Five returning runners posted PRs at Calvin as the Belles finished less than 10 points away from 12th place.
After competing in the Michigan State Spartan Invitational at which no team scores were recorded, the Belles finished fifth at the MIAA Jamboree in late September. A difference of four points separated Saint Mary's and Albion for fourth place at the West Ottawa Golf Club.
Two weeks later, the Belles picked up a third place team finish at the Benedictine Invitational as personal record times were plentiful for the squad. Seven different runners posted 6k PR times, including four of the five scoring runners for Saint Mary’s. That team performance followed by a respectable finish at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Pre-National race helped the Belles race their way to a fourth place finish at the MIAA Championship race at the end of October. Brittany Beeler ran the second-fastest time for a Belle at the MIAA Championship race and earned All-MIAA First Team honors after finishing sixth overall.
In the final race of the year – the NCAA Regional – the team continued to show a solid collective effort. Beeler repeated as an All-Region performer with a 16th place individually, and Allie Danhof, Mary Philbin, Colleen Ogren, and Adele Edmonds rounded out the team's 15th place finish. Beeler’s individual place at the event was the third-best finish by a Saint Mary’s runner in program history. Saint Mary’s was third among the nine MIAA teams at the race after edging out Alma and Albion both by 12 points.
Kaitlyn Alessi, Brittany Beeler, Allie Danhof, Adele Edmonds, Anna McClowry, Colleen Ogren, Aubrey Penn, and Mary Philbin were all top-five finishers for the Belles at scored races during the season. Additionally, each of the team’s six first year runners improved upon their 6k times throughout the year for personal records.