NEWARK, De. / MEDIA, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr College cross country team split up their squad Saturday as the varsity team traveled to White Clay Creek State Park and a majority of the first-years traveled to PSU-Brandywine.
The varsity team took to a 6K course for the first time this season with a strong showing. With many runners resting, the team relied on the veterans to round out the top seven on the afternoon. The senior duo of Sarah Macholdt and Victoria Travis ran season bests with times of 28:34 and 29:16, respectively. Making her season debut as a varsity runner, sophomore Marissa Mirecki put in a great time as well by completing the course in 29:27. "These three represent a great deal of depth that we've never had at Bryn Mawr before. These won't be their best times for long, but I'm really proud of how they raced today," explained head coach Jason Hewitt.
Leading the way for the Owls was juniors Kim Wiley and Elaine Schmidt and sophomore Alexandra Beda in another strong effort. Wiley and Schmidt finished 18 seconds apart (26:03 and 26:21, respectively). Beda managed to overcome a hick-up during the mid-miles to finish in 27:51. Junior Claudia Keep led the charge for the Owls by running the fastest DIII time at the meet. She finished 11th overall, behind 10 DI runners, in a time of 22:45.
The remainder of the team traveled to PSU-Brandywine with the Owls finishing 3rd overall. Freshmen Ashley Macina (21st overall, 28:54) and Carissa Yao (24th overall, 36:30) paced the whole race before Macina broke away in the third mile to lead the Owls over the host Lions by 1 team point.
Leading the Owls and taking home second place was freshman Sydney Maves with a time of
Bryn Mawr is back to action when they travel to Allentown for the annual Mule/Falcon Invite on Saturday, Sept. 21.