CARLISLE, Pa. – Senior co-captain Kristina Kronauer will become the second Bryn Mawr runner all-time - and second in as many years - to compete at the NCAA DIII National Championships Meet. Kronauer's 4th place finish at the NCAA Mid East Regional Saturday afternoon qualified her for a spot in the season's final race hosted by Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. In addition, her 4th place finish is the highest for a Bryn Mawr College runner since the Owls began competing in the annual regional meet.
Kronauer's time of 22:09.9 earned her a spot All-Mid East Regional team as well as posting the third fastest time among Centennial Conference runners, leaping her three spots from last week's CC championships when she finished 6th.
Sophomore Claudia Keep took home 39th place overall with a time of 29.39.5 while freshman Rebecca Craig claimed 102nd overall with a time of 25:02.1. Sophomore Kim Wiley was Bryn Mawr's fourth place finisher with a time of 26:03.0, which landed her a 160th place finish.
The freshman tandem of Hannah Hastings (177th overall, 25:20.5) and Alexandra Beda (186 overall, 26:32.7) finished 5th and 6th, respectively, for the Owls. Racing in her final collegiate race, senior Emily Bell was Bryn Mawr's seventh finisher on the day as she ran a 27:21.9 and claiming 232nd place.
As a team, the Owls finished in 16th place (473 points) out of with 49 regional teams. The 16th place ties the teams' highest position since the course went to a 6K race back in 2002. As a conference, the Centennial placed 8 teams in the top-20 with the defending conference champions, Johns Hopkins, taking first place with 63 points.
Kronauer, a first-team All-Centennial selection, will race in not only her final cross country race of her collegiate career, but the biggest, next weekend in Indiana. Last year, Keep became the first Bryn Mawr runner to qualify for the NCAA Championship race with a 12th place finish.