OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team picked up a nice fourth-place finish earlier Saturday afternoon at the Mustang Stampede, hosted by Stevenson University. On a day that helped serve as a preview of this year's Centennial Conference Championship course, the Owls did a great job at working on their pacing and gaining an understanding of the new course for the all-important postseason event at the end of October. Senior Hannah Hastings helped lead the Owls home as their top finisher.
Hastings posted a good time of 25:36 in the 6k race, good enough for 40th position overall. Kate Edwards was not far behind for the Owls, as she took 43rd in a time of 25:49. Rebekah Gallop (26:05) finished in 48th, while Alex Beda and Chelsea Thangavelu finished back-to-back in times of 26:08 and 26:15 respectively to round out the Owls' top five.
Other great runs came in from Maura Fitzpatrick and Lizzie Robinson, who were both running in their season debut at the 6k distance. Freshman Kinbrae Sperstad also had a fantastic day, as she posted a huge personal record at the distance with a time of 37:25.
"Our front group was under strict instructions to tempo through three miles this week," stated Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "We wanted them to take time to learn the course and then focus on closing speed. When the leash came off at the three mile mark, they flew!"
Bryn Mawr will continue their training throughout the next week as they prepare for a busy weekend next weekend. The Owls will split the squad up next Saturday, with some runners headed for the Highlander Invitational hosted by Cairn, while others will take part in the Bill Fritz Invitational at Rowan. The Cairn meet kicks off at 11:00 AM, while the runners at Rowan will hear the gun at 2:00 PM.