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SMC Cross Country: Belles place 22nd in regional championships

Observer Staff Report | Sunday, November 13, 2011

After concluding its conference season two weeks ago, Saint Mary’s ended the year at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday.

The Belles beat out three conference schools on its way to a 22nd-place finish overall despite finishing just seventh out of nine MIAA teams in the final conference standings. MIAA foes Kalamazoo, Trine and Olivet finished behind Saint Mary’s at the event.

Senior captain Joanne Almond finished her stellar season with another personal best. She finished 53rd overall and cracked the 23-minute mark for the first time in her career on a six-kilometer course. Almond finished in 22:58.91 to earn 52 points for the Belles.

Juniors Julia Kenney and Emma Baker crossed the line within seconds of each other as the top Saint Mary’s finishers. Kenney clocked in at 23:40.40, while Baker finished in 23:43.61, good enough for 89th.

Junior Angela Nebesny and junior captain Sarah Copi rounded out the top five for the Belles. Nebesny’s time of 24:31.33 marked a new personal record. Copi finished seconds behind her own personal best, clocking in at 25:12.56.