O'Leary leads women's cross country at Nat'l Catholic Invitational

O'Leary leads women's cross country at Nat'l Catholic Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Saint Anselm College women's cross country team competed at the 40th-annual National Catholic Invitational on Friday, placing seventh among non-NCAA Division I institutions at the prestigious event.


The Hawks recorded 149 team points, placing seventh out of 15 non-Division I programs. Individually, Hawks runners ran against 26 total programs representing all three NCAA divisions.

Freshman Holly O'Leary (Tewksbury, Mass.) had her team's top 5K time of 20:00.68, placing 80th in the field of 203 runners. Senior Liberty Gendron (Goffstown, N.H.) finished two places behind O'Leary with a time of 20:03.80 while freshman Caitlyn Callinan (Litchfield, N.H.) was the third-best finisher for the Hawks (20:14.23).

Senior Anna Barrell (Marblehead, Mass.) and freshman Samantha Matthews (Groveland, Mass.) rounded out the scoring Saint Anselm harriers, placing 116th and 117th. Barrell registered a time of 20:42.77 with Matthews just behind with a time of 20:43.85.

In their most recent trip to South Bend, the Hawks women's program finished 21st out of 30 programs in 2016. Saint Anselm was 14th among Division II and Division III programs in both 2014 and 2015.