Megan Gray Piper
Sport(s): Cross Country
Graduation Year: 2008
Year Inducted: 2019

In her first season as a Belle, she consistently scored for the team and closed out the season with personal record times of 19:55 in the 5k and 24:14 in the 6k. Her sophomore season was injury laden and she only raced three times. Over the second half of her career as a Belle, Megan achieved accolades that only SHE has claimed in a Saint Mary's cross country uniform while putting the program on the national map.

During her junior season she took home an individual title and set a personal record at the Manchester Invite. She was the first Saint Mary's runner to come in first place at a race as Megan turned in the first 5k below 19 minutes in the history of the program. Two short weeks later, she took a sixth-place finish in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships. That result yielded a First Team All-MIAA honor - another first for the program. Megan was not done yet as she claimed a decisive 10th place overall finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet to punch her ticket to the NCAA Championship race, becoming the first Saint Mary’s runner to qualify for the national meet. To cap off this season, she muscled through inches of mud and an overall place of 133rd in her first NCAA Division III Championship race.

For as record-breaking as her junior year was, Megan's senior season was truly remarkable. Megan took home two individual titles at the Manchester and Benedictine Invitationals. Her title at Manchester also marked a personal record time as she turned in an 18:26 at the event. Her fastest 6K was set at the NCAA Regional in 2007 with a time of 21:48. These were both all-time records here at Saint Mary's. She also took second place in the MIAA Championships that year. Two weeks later, she finished fourth in a field of more than 200 runners in the Great Lakes Regional meet with yet another personal record of a 21:48 in the 6k race. That placement was more than good enough to punch her ticket to her second consecutive NCAA Championship race. In her final meet in the Belles uniform, Megan pulled out an incredible full force effort. She finished 38th place at the National meet, nearly 100 places better than the prior season.

She was the first Saint Mary’s runner to become a two-time First Team All-MIAA honoree. In order to garner all-conference accolades when she competed, a runner had to have high enough finishes in both the conference jamboree and championship races to earn enough points to be in the top eight in the league. She was also named Great Lakes All-Region in both 2006 and 2007, a distinction earned by finishing in the top 35 in a race which traditionally features well over 200 runners. She currently is the one and only cross country runner in school history to qualify for the nation's top race. To conclude her senior year, she was named as the Marv Wood Outstanding Senior Athlete. Megan's effort brought an amazing 40 second PER MILE improvement in her 6k times from her best time as a first-year athlete to her senior season, and her 5k and 6k times still hold as program records at Saint Mary's 11 years after her final race for the Belles.