TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Saint Mary's cross country team claimed a solid 15th place finish at the 2015 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Race on Saturday.
No. 12 ranked Hope won the regional with a team score of 112 while No. 25 Calvin was second with a score of 124 as both teams advance to the national championship race. Allegheny was third with a 129.
The Belles finished above the rest of their MIAA counterparts with a team score of 463, edging out Alma and Albion both by 12 points.
Brittany Beeler out-sprinted a runner from Calvin at the finish and posted a season-best time of 22:36.7 to place 16th overall. It is the third-highest finish for a Belle individually at an NCAA Regional race, and it marks the fourth-fastest time by a Saint Mary's runner at a regional in program history. By virtue of her top-35 finish, she picked up her second All-Region honor in as many years and is just the second Belle to earn multiple All-Region accolades.
Allie Danhof capped off a strong career with a 24:18.2 and held off a runner from Alma for 102nd overall. Her time was less than a second away from finishing inside the top 100 in a field of nearly 250 runners. Mary Philbin was ten seconds behind with a 24:28.1, which was good enough for 109th place overall.
Colleen Ogren had a final push at the finish line to pass a runner from Spalding to claim 118th in a time of 24:44.6. The junior nearly overtook an Alma runner for 117th, but she ran out of space to make the final pass in a big crowd of runners. Adele Edmonds rounded out the team score for the Belles while finishing 128th in a time of 24:52.2.
Kaitlyn Alessi ran a 25:16.8 to finish 0.1 ahead of a runner from Albion for 147th overall as the junior was six-tenths of a second away from 146th. Anna McClowry was the seventh competitor for the Belles and finished 156th overall in a time of 25:30.8 in a pack of runners finishing within a few seconds of one another.