The Muhlenberg cross country teams put together a memorable season, as
both teams won an invitational title and finished in the top 10
Belisonzis fifth-place finish at the CC
Championships was the best by a Mule runner since 1993.
The women placed ninth at the NCAA Mideast Regional, just one off their
best finish ever. Senior Jenna
Belisonzi finished 14th to earn all-region honors for the second
The Mules posted their best finish ever at the Centennial Conference
Championships, coming in fourth. Belisonzi finished fifth, earning All-CC
honors, but it was Muhlenbergs fourth and fifth runners who secured
the fourth-place finish. After the top three runners from each team
crossed the finish line, Swarthmore had a 20-point lead on Muhlenberg. But
junior Christy Grandjean and freshman Laura Clinton came in
30th and 33rd, respectively, giving the Mules the points they needed to
claim fourth by two points when Swarthmores fourth and fifth came in
40th and 45th.
The team also made history winning its first-ever meet away from home,
the McDaniel Invitational. Muhlenberg placed five of its runners in the
top 20, including three in the top 10 (Belisonzi, third; junior Karen
seventh; and Clinton, ninth).
Martin had his best season as a senior. He was
Muhlenbergs top finisher at the DeSales Invitational and was the
second Mule across the line at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
The mens team finished 10th at the Mideast Regional, giving the
team its third top-10 finish in the last four
years. Junior Alexander Hotz was top finisher for the Mules in 46th
Muhlenberg finished in fourth place at the CC Championships, marking its
fifth consecutive top-four conference finish. Hotz earned second-team
All-CC honors by finishing 14th.
The Mules also won the McDaniel Invitational by placing seven runners in
the top 14 to take first place by a 34-61 margin. Hotz (third) and
sophomores Stephen Rothwell (third) and Lex Mercado (sixth)
all finished in the top 10.
Both teams have promising futures. Belisonzi was the lone senior on the
womens squad, while the men had only one (Christopher Martin)
in their top seven.