Langhorne, Pa. – Cross country runners pride themselves on running no matter what the conditions are outside, and today certainly proved that point. Not only did every one of Bryn Mawr's runners prove their mettle by completing today's Highlander Invitational; the Owls finished the 18-team event in second place, with Bryn Mawr junior Hannah Hastings taking home first-place in the individual competition by running the 6k race in 23:30.
"Hannah was in charge of leading our first-years during the first mile of the event," said head cross country coach Jason Hewitt. "When the leash came off later in the race, she took off on a 6:00 minute mile, and by mile three she had gathered a big lead and was home free." Hastings earned her first collegiate cross country win with the victory and her 23:30 time set the new course record for the Highlander 6k.
Freshman Kate Edwards had a fantastic afternoon as well, as she made her 6k debut with a fourth place finish at a time of 24:03. That time is one of the fastest debuts at this distance in Bryn Mawr history. Rebekah Gallop came in third for the Owls and 16th overall with a time of 25:58. Senior Kim Wiley posted a 26:03, while Sydney Maves ran a personal best 26:25 on the 6k distance. Alex Beda posted a 26:27 finish, and Betsy Helm, in her first run in the varsity seven, closed out the group with a 28:42 that was yet another personal record at that distance.
Another notable finish was that of Carissa Yao. The sophomore "made some gutsy moves throughout the final two miles," according to coach Hewitt, and her 32:02 was a personal record by two minutes over her previous best.
"There's some things we can be a little more aware of," Hewitt closed, "But starting the season with wins over notable teams like Richard Stockton, Marywood, and Gwynedd-Mercy isn't bad."
The Owls will face yet another challenging event next Saturday when they take on the Mule-Falcon Classic at Cedar Crest College. Bryn Mawr posted a fifth-place finish in the event last season, and they'll be looking to capitalize on their success today with another awesome finish next Saturday.