Bethlehem, Pa. – With the calendar flipping to October, Bryn Mawr's cross country team has now entered the meat of their 2014 schedule. Today's Paul Short Invitational was a demonstration that the Owls are certainly ready for the challenge, as numerous personal records and season bests were set in today's competition.
In the Women's Brown 6k, Bryn Mawr posted a 26th place finish out of 40 teams. Thanks to strong efforts from their top seven, the Owls beat out numerous solid teams like Moravian and Gettysburg and came in just behind Susquehanna. Hannah Hastings led the way for Bryn Mawr with another great showing, finishing with a time of 22:35. That was good enough for 32nd place individually and is also a new personal record for the Bryn Mawr junior. Claudia Keep came in next for the Yellow and Black, finishing with a time of 23:25 even without being in top form yet this season. Kate Edwards, Elaine Schmidt, and Rebekah Gallop came in three-four-five for Bryn Mawr, and each of them also set new personal bests in the distance. With the three pushing each other throughout the race, Edwards earned a 139th place finish with a time of 23:39, while Schmidt and Gallop finished close behind with times of 24:08 and 24:15 respectively. Kim Wiley, who has had a solid past month or so of training, came in as the sixth Bryn Mawr runner with a time of 24:46, and Alexandra Beda wrapped up the Owls finishes with a 26:07 finish, her fastest time of the season.
In the Women's Open race, it was Cassie Kosarek who led the way for the Owls, who demolished personal records left and right in the event. The graduate student ran a 26:15 on the six kilometer course, a pace of just over seven minutes. That time was good enough for 280th in the huge race that featured 402 competitors. Sophomore Ashley Macina finished next in line for the Owls with a time of 27:18, a new personal record for her. Betsy Helm was right behind her with a finish of 27:30, while Lizzie Robinson ran a 27:54, both of which were also personal records for them. Sydney Maves ran a 28:48, giving her a 359th place finish. Junior Yue Yang was close behind at 29:02, and that time was good enough for a personal record for her by almost 1:50. Freshman Sophia Randazzo completed the course in 30:10, another personal record, and Adriana Castilla Hernandez finished with a 32:23 for a personal record of her own. Margaret Patchin (33:51), Mimi Loughlin (34:26 – personal record), Taoran Ye(35:43 – personal record) and Jocelyn Martinez (36:07) all posted solid finishes as well in the event for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr will now get a rare week off from competition, thanks to the upcoming fall break on the college calendar. The Owls will be back in action on October 18th when they travel to Mount Holyoke College for the Seven Sisters Championship. Bryn Mawr came in fifth last season in the annual competition. The Owls will then wrap up October and their regular season with the Haverford Invitational on the 24th.