The Saint Mary's cross country team continues to get faster and stronger under the guidance of head coach Jackie Bauters '04. The team looks to build off the success of the 2018 season, a year which saw each team member improve their 6k time by at least a minute during the span of the fall.
Katie Glenn returns as the team's leading runner after finishing in the top five for the Belles in each race she ran last fall. The rising senior was the team's top finisher four times in the 2018 season and was the second Belle across the finish line twice. A team co-captain a year ago, she set three consecutive PRs in her junior season.
Four returning runners for the team were top-five finishers at least once a season ago for the Belles. Riley Swope scored in a race for the team on five occasions while putting together back-to-back season-best times midway through the fall. Brigid Conmy was among the top five for the team in five instances in 2018. Emily Blank and Shanan Hamilton each contributed points to the team scoring by being among the Belles' top-five finishers at a race a combined three times a season ago.
The Belles open the season on Friday, August 30, when they travel to Manchester University for a Hokum Karem race beginning at 5:30 p.m. September will feature two big races – the Calvin Invitational and the Notre Dame National Catholic Invitational – while October is packed with the Pre-Natoinal Race in Louisville, Kentucky, the Bethel Invitational, and the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble. The MIAA Championship race is set for November 2 and will be hosted by Trine. The NCAA Regional race is hosted by Calvin and takes place on November 16.