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SMC Cross Country: Sophomore shines at Invitational

Observer Staff Report | Monday, October 3, 2011

Competing in a 45-team field at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational on Saturday, the Belles finished with a strong showing.

The Invitational, hosted by Loyola (Chicago), featured several Division-I schools. St. Mary’s took 26th in the team standings with 860 points. Iowa took the women’s division crown with a team score of 27.

Junior Julia Kenney led the Belles with a time of 19:38, good for 134th place individually in a group of over 500 runners. Senior captain Joanne Almond finished in 20:09, placing her 193rd individually.

Sophomore Collete Curtis impressed for the Belles, as she recorded her highest team finish to date. Curtis’ time of 21:07 shaved 40 seconds off her time at last year’s Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational.

St. Mary’s will race next in their annual non-competitive Alumni 5K this Saturday, before returning to the regular season Oct. 15 for a Pre-Regional meet at Oberlin College.