Runners place fifth
By DOROTHY CARDER
Saint Mary's cross country team placed fifth overall at its first meet on Friday evening at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"I feel we did really well," senior Bridget Heffernan said. " We now have a feel of how far our team can go this season."
Junior Geneveive Yavello placed first for the team and 34th overall.
"I didn't know what to expect because it was our first race, but I was hoping to do well," Yavello said.
"The next two runners [for our team] were right behind me," she added, "so it was exciting to see our team do so well in only our first meet."
The next top five finishers for the team were senior Melissa Miller placing 36th overall with junior Katie Hummer two behind. Freshman Katie Ward and Megan Tenney placed 40th and 42nd respectively with sophomore Melissa Goss, a team captain, three behind Tenney.
The top six runners for the Belles placed within 11 places of each other.
"They were around one minute and 30 seconds behind each other," coach Dave Barstis said.
He said the team did "extremely well overall" and was surprised that two freshmen placed among the team's top five.
"These were very positive performances all of the runners exhibited," Barstis said.
He said he expects the team to place third or fourth in the conference this year.
All Sports Stories for Tuesday, September 14, 1999