LEHIGH, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team traveled to Lehigh University earlier Friday for the annual Paul Short Invitational. As has become the norm this season for the Owls, the veterans put on a solid performance while the first-years continued to impress and improve on the day. Freshman Lily Falk put up a great race for the Owls in the Open event while veterans like Hannah Hastings and Kate Edwards were dominant in the Brown race.
Taking part in the open race packed with runners from schools like Cornell, Navy, and Connecticut, Falk and a good portion of the rest of the Owls crew acquitted themselves very well. Despite the rain and generally uncomfortable conditions, Falk managed to still impress by throwing down a new personal best time. She ran completely on fire this weekend, posting a time of 28:08 for the new PR and crushing it through the 6k course. That time put her just behind fellow first-year Claire Petitt (27:47) and senior Yue Yang (27:55), both of whom also broke the 28-minute mark for the first time, giving each of them new PRs as well. Sarah Ledger (28:50), Jocelyn Martinez (30:59), and Maddie Maier (31:33) each set new personal best times in the event as well!
Other Owls in competition in the open race included Allegra Wham (28:58) and seniors Marissa Mirecki (29:25) and Margaret Patchin (34:13). "We had a lot of great races in the open race this morning," exclaimed Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt, "but WOW, Lily's performance stands out, even amongst the best races as something a little extra special. She had a great day!"
In the Brown race, the Owls once again took on some tough competition. Schools like St. Joeseph's, Penn, and Columbia were just a few of the 45 teams entered in the event. Senior Hannah Hasting led Bryn Mawr out of the gates, finishing as the top Owl in 63rd place. Her time of 22:38 was a new season best for her this year. Sophomore Kate Edwards came in close behind, posting a time of 22:10 for a new personal record. Rebekah Gallop was the third finisher for Bryn Mawr, and she broke the 24-minute barrier for the first time in her career with a fantastic run of 23:54.
Alex Beda (24:39) and Ashley Macina (25:14) rounded out the top five for the Owls. Close behind them, freshmen Marina Herbst and Sophie Webb completed the seven scoring positions for Bryn Mawr, finishing in times of 25:50 and 27:34 respectively. Hannah Kim (27:39) rounded out the Bryn Mawr entrants in the event.
Team-wise, the Owls came in 35th out of the 45 teams in the event. They did pull off wins against several big-time opponents. Bryn Mawr beat out Susquehanna and Eastern Mennonite, who are both ranked 10th in their respective USTFCCCA regions in week three. The Owls also beat NCAA Division I teams Niagara and Long Island - Brooklyn, as well as Division II Adelphi!
"Its great to watch our returners lead out a competitive race at an aggressive pace, with the knowledge that the first years can take care of themselves," stated a proud Hewitt. "Kate and Bekah are just on a whole new level this year, and it's fun to watch, but its just as exciting to see a strong group of new athletes pushing to get up there too!"
Bryn Mawr will now get a bit of a break and chance to recover and rest up before their push into late October. The Owls will take next weekend off before returning the following weekend to host this year's Seven Sisters Championship. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, October 18th, and will be located at the Haverford cross country course. Keep an eye right here at gobrynmawr.com for a preview of the event as it gets closer!