LANGHORNE Pa. / GLOUCESTER, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team took advantage of a beautiful fall Saturday by getting all of their runners in action in two separate invitationals. The first-years headed over to Cairn University for the Highlander Invitational, where they showed off their talents by posting a sixth-place finish. The returning veterans flexed a bit of muscle themselves, as they spent their afternoon flying by opponents at the Bill Fritz/Charlie Way Invitational. Hosted by Rowan College, the event drew 10 off the best teams from across the region, and the Owls fit right in by taking fourth as a team in the event.
At the Highlander Invite, Chelsea Thangavelu led the Owls home, taking eighth place in the event with a time of 24:40. That time represents a personal best for Thangavelu by over two minutes! Haley Varnum finished close behind in fifteenth place for Bryn Mawr, coming home in a time of 25:03. That also represents a new PR for Varnum. In fact, every Owl in the 6k today set a new personal best time. Other notable races from Bryn Mawr included Sarah Ledger and Lily Falk, who did very well to work together and move up aggressively throughout the event. Maddie Maier did a very solid job in her Owl debut, and Hannah Kim and Sophie Webb embraced the responsibility of running in the 3-4 positions and having to pick up much-needed points.
At the Bill Fritz Invitational, it was two sophomores up front who really shined for the Owls. Kate Edwards took the highest finish for the Owls, racing across the line in third place with a sparkling time of 23:45. Rebekah Gallop ran as a strong number two for Bryn Mawr on the day, as she picked up a solid 15th place finish in a time of 24:33.
"We rested Hannah (Hastings) this weekend, but you wouldn't know it from the score card," stated Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "In her second year with the team, you can see Kate already running like a number one. She's completely capable of this role and its great to see the strength we'll have over the next couple years."
Alex Beda and Ashley Macina were not too far behind for the Owls, coming in 24th and 27th respectively. Macina's time of 26:02 was a new personal best at the 6k distance, the third week in a row she has accomplished that feat. Rounding out the top five was veteran senior Yue Yang.
"Yue ran in a completely new role for us this race," Hewitt explained. "Her preparation was excellent and when you look at how she raced, with complete focus, you can see that she's completely capable of handling the 5 spot. She now has a new PR to show for it as well (28:20)!"
Lizzie Robinson and Margaret Patchin continue to show strong races as well, and Jocelyn Martinez continues to improve with every race as well. Martinez' time of 32:14 gained her another personal best for the third week running.
The Owls will be back in action next weekend at the annual Dickinson Long-Short Invitational. That multi-race event kicks off at 11:15 AM next Saturday in Newville, Pennsylvania.