Allentown, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr cross country team earned their second straight second place finish earlier Saturday morning at the Mule-Falcon Classic held at Cedar Crest College. The Owls were led by top ten finishes from Rebekah Gallop and Alexandra Beda, and finished just shy of Muhlenberg on an unusually short course.
With a steady rain coming down on the cool Saturday morning, it was Gallop, a freshman in just her third collegiate race, who led the Owls by finishing in fifth place. Gallop ran the roughly 2.7 mile course in 17:07, good enough for the fifth spot behind four Muhlenberg runners. Beda was not far behind, as the junior finished in seventh place with a time of 17:20. Junior Betsy Helm was the third Owls player to cross the ling, doing so in a time of 18:49 in 20th position. Freshman Lizzie Robinson ran a 23rd place 19:05, and junior Yue Yang finished out the Bryn Mawr top five with a time of 22:34 for a 39th place finish.
Other notable runners for the Yellow and Black include freshman Olivia Carmichael, who put together a solid race to finish in 43rd with a time of 22:51. Margaret Patchin finished close behind in 45th at 23:15, while freshman Mimi Loughlin posted a 23:43. Jocelyn Martinez, Taoran Ye, Carissa Yao, and Sophia Randazzo all also put up good early-season times for the Owls in the race as the team continues to prepare for the important late-season meets.
Bryn Mawr will head to Dickinson for their next invitational next Saturday. The Long/Short Invitational combines two races of different lengths into one meet, and is hosted at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pennsylvania. The Owls came in eighth in the long race last year and fifteenth on the short course as a team. This year, the festivities get underway at 10:00 AM in central PA.