Haverford, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country put the final touches on a highly successful 2014 regular season when they took part in the Haverford Invitational earlier Friday afternoon. Senior Elaine Schmidt ran a strong race, coming home in 19th place with a time of 19:10 to lead the Owls against some stiff competition
"We had a great day out there today," said Owls head coach Jason Hewitt. "On a week where we rested most of our top seven and ran in a mixed field that included several D1 programs, we proved that this year's squad has great depth and strength all the way through."
Freshman Rebekah Gallop finished close behind in 26th at a time of 19:26. Both of those times were new personal records for the pair, and in fact, ten out of the eleven Owls runners set new personal bests in the event. Sydney Maves crossed the line next for the Owls, coming in 47th place individually with a time of 20:30. "After a challenging September, it's great to see Sydney continue her climb back to full health with another outstanding performance," said Hewitt.
Ashley Macina led out the middle group of Owls, setting a personal best on the course with a scorching time of 21:24. She was followed closely by Betsy Helm (22:14), Yue Yang (22:23) and Sophia Randazzo (22:46), all of which were personal bests as well.
The final group of Owls was paced by Adriana Castilla-Hernandez. She completed the course in 24:14, another personal record. Margaret Patchin came in with a season best finish of 26:22 for the Owls, and Taoran Ye ran close behind with a personal best time of 27:44. Sophomore Jocelyn Martinez closed out the event with a time of 28:03, a solid finish for a new personal best of her own. "Jocelyn had a particularly strong race this week," stated Hewitt. "We've been working on pacing and a strong third mile. Her focus paid off big dividends today and I'm looking forward to how she finishes up the season."
The Owls will now get a full week off before getting back into action at the all-important Centennial Conference Championship Meet. That event will feature each league squad at it's maximum potential, and Bryn Mawr will certainly be right in the thick of things with the tremendous fall they've had so far. Plus, the Owls will be very experienced on the course, as the event will take place right back at Haverford, where they were earlier today. The event kicks off at 11:00 AM - be sure to get all your updates on how the Owls finish right here on the Bryn Mawr Athletics site!