09/15/2013 – The women's cross country teams opened the 2013 season with a strong showing at the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College.
The women, who finished with 181 points, were led by junior Rachael Steil, who recorded an 29th place finish in a time of 18:54. A trio of Saints provided a great 2-3-4 punch for Aquinas as Carley Woolcott, Emily Hazelbach and Catie Rietsema all crossed the finish line within nine seconds of each other. Woolcott (19:01 - 37th place), Hazelbach (19:03 - 39th) and Rietsema (19:10 - 49th place) were followed through the chute by freshman Sydney Anderson (19:27 - 68th). Adding depth to the top seven was senior Kelsey Carpenter (72nd - 19:34) and Crysta Paganelli (86th - 19:45).
A trio of WHAC schools were separated by two points in the final standings. Cornerstone finished in sixth place (179), while Aquinas and Indiana Tech tied for seventh with 181 points. The host Calvin College Knights claimed the team title, while Knight freshman Cassandra Vance ran a 17:40 to claim individual honors.
The Saints will return to action on Friday when they compete at the National Catholic Championships hosted by the University of Notre Dame.