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Cross Country Has Final Tune-Up for Conference Championships

Cross Country Has Final Tune-Up for Conference Championships

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr College cross country team had their final tune-up in preparations for next weekend's conference championships as they ran at the annual Haverford College Invitational.

Leading the way for the Owls was sophomore Hannah Hastings who finished the 3-mile course in a time of 18:54.50 good for 9th place overall. Hastings ran in the top-10 the entire race. Her time is not only a new personal best at the 3-mile distance, but the second fastest 3-mile time on the team this season.

Following right behind Hastings was her classmate Rebecca Craig. Craig finished 24th overall with a time of 20:33.40, the 8th fastest 3-mile time on the team this season. Both Hastings and Craig's performances were impressive as both runners were injured all September and this is just their second race of the season.

Running in the final regular-season intercollegiate race of her career, senior Sarah Macholdt also ran a personal best time, 21:.07.90. It was a special day for Macholdt as her cross country career is coming to a conclusion at the place it first started back in 2010.  

All runners that took to the course today set personal best times at the 3-mile distance and have improved upon their time from earlier this season. Leading the charge was freshman Ashley Macina with a 21:36.70 followed by sophomore classmates Betsy Helm (23:50.60) and sophomore Yue Yang (24:06.90).Freshman Adriana Castilla Hernandez posted a time of 24:40.50 while sophomore Margaret Patchin (25:12.20), freshman Carissa Yao (25:39.50), freshman Kristian Sumner (28:32.40) round out the impressive day by all runners.

Head coach Jason Hewitt expressed "To have a team that can run this hard on a Friday afternoon, after a hard week of practice; it's just an amazing team to coach. I'm really proud of the efforts we put forth. Conferences here we come!"

The Owls will compete at the annual Centennial Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, as the team will travel to the Carroll County (Md.) Farm Museum. The race is being hosted by McDaniel College.