Warwick, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team put up another impressive performance earlier Saturday morning. The Owls took home second place from the Delaware Valley Invitational in impressive fashion, as only two returners made up the Bryn Mawr top seven today. Philadelphia University finished in the top spot, but as they are a Division II school, Bryn Mawr was actually the highest-finishing school in Division III at today's meet. Sophomore Rebekah Gallop led the way with a solid fourth place individual finish for Bryn Mawr.
After a very impressive freshman season, Gallop should be a key cog in this year's team, and today's performance certainly bodes well for the Owls. The sophomore completed the tough 6k course in a great time of 25:53, just under a seven-minute mile pace. "Bekah's really looking like a mature racer this year," head coach Jason Hewitt stated. "She has all the components of an elite athlete in this region, she just needs time and experience to put them all together in one race."
The first-years were out for their first race at the 6k distance ever, but it caused them little consternation. A pair of first-years followed close behind Gallop as the Owls new class continues to impress thus far into the young season. Chelsea Thangavelu and Haley Varnum finished 13-14 in times of 26:41 and 26:42, respectively.
Junior Ashley Macina and another first-year, Marina Herbst, were the next Bryn Mawr pairing to cross the line, both recording times of 26:51. "Ashley is a completely different runner than she was a year ago," Hewitt complimented. "It'll take time for her to get used to being this far up in the pack, but she's set for a great year."
Fellow first-year Sophie Webb posted a time of 28:41, and Hannah Kim rounded out the Owls top-7 with a time of 29:21. Junior captain Jocelyn Martinez also set a new personal record today for the 6k distance by completing the tough course in a time of 33:44.
"This team is already in mid-season shape," closed Hewitt. "We're strong and deep, we just need to hold it all together and get ourselves to championship season without too many injuries."
After a tough open to the season with two meets in five days, the Owls will now look to get a bit of recovery before heading back out to compete next Saturday. Bryn Mawr will travel to Stevenson, Maryland to compete in the Mustang Invitational on September 12th. That meet is set to start at 10:30 AM.