Lancaster, Pa. - Senior cross country runner Claudia Keep picked things up right where she left off in her first official meet of the season. After a wildly successful 2013 campaign, the two-time NCAA D-III National Championship participant earned the individual win at the Lancaster Bible Invitational earlier Friday afternoon.
Not only did Keep earn her first victory of the season with a time of 19:48.9, she also did a tremendous job of helping shepherd her teammates throughout the course in the early going. She set a solid pace for some of the younger Owls to follow before finishing strong to claim the individual win at Lancaster Bible's Homecoming meet.
Keep wasn't the only Bryn Mawr athlete to put together a memorable race. Freshman runner Kate Edwards, out of Conestoga, Pa., set a new personal record in the five kilometer distance by finishing just behind Keep to give the Owls a 1-2 finish. On the challenging course on the Chargers campus, Edwards shaved quite a bit off her previous high and finished hot on the heels of the Owls' Keep with a time of 19:49.4.
"Those two provided a good one-two punch, and they put on good showings throughout the race," said Bryn Mawr Cross Country head coach Jason Hewitt. "On a week where we are resting five of our top seven varsity runners, this is a solid finish."
Lizzie Robinson and Betsy Helm also provided back-to-back finishes in the event, as they posted times of 22:50 and 23:09 to take home 10th and 11th place. Other notable finishes included Ashley Macina and Yue Yang, who also finished in the top 20 for the Yellow and Black. Carissa Yao and Olivia Carmichael also finished back-to-back with 28th and 29th place finishes and times just over the 26-minute mark. Sophia Randazzo finished just behind with a 31st place time of 26:17. Margaret Patchin, Taoran Ye and Jocelyn Martinez rounded out the rest of the Owls finishers in the event.
The Owls finished just two points behind Immaculata in the team standings for their third second-place finish of the season. Other teams who competed in the competition included Cabrini, LBC, Valley Forge and Bryn Athyn.
The Owls will be right back in action next Saturday when they compete in the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University. That competition kicks off at 10:00 AM.