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Cross Country Strides at Main Line Invite; Kronauer Top DIII Finisher

Cross Country Strides at Main Line Invite; Kronauer Top DIII Finisher

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The cross country's annual mid-week trip to Haverford for the Main Line Invitational was one for the record books. Not only was senior Kristina Kronauer the top D-III finisher (13th overall) but all top-six Bryn Mawr finishers ran personal best course times.

Kronauer's time of 17:33.20 was the fastest time of all DIII runners on the afternoon finishing behind a slew of LaSalle and Villanova runners. She sprinted by her rival, Nora Weathers of Haverford, by more than 10 seconds in the final mile of race to finish 13th.

Sophomore Claudia Keep, racing in her first race since last year's NCAA Division III National Championship, posted an 18:25.30 to place second among Bryn Mawr runners. Both Kronauer and Keep combined for the top two fastest times for Bryn Mawr runners on Haverford's 3-mile course. The previous team course record was held by Katie Weng '09 with an 18:25.57.

In addition to the top-two Bryn Mawr finishers, freshman Rebecca Craig (19:52.90) and sophomore classmates Kim Wiley (20:05.60)and Georgia Robles (20:05.80) all put forth great times this afternoon.  Freshman Alexandra Beda (21:10.30) and sophomore Elsie Chung (21:01.80) finished back-to-back round out the Owls' top-seven.

Senior Emily Bell (21:31.80) and sophomore Elaine Schmidt (21:42.10) also have something to cheer about they both put forth a valiant effort by setting new course PR's.

"Haverford is a staple course for us. It's a standard that we can test ourselves against, year in and year out and this team past the test with flying colors," stayed third-year head coach Jason Hewitt.

The Owls are back to action this Saturday when they travel to Allentown to defend their Mule/Falcon Championship. The gun will fire at 10:00 am.