ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country squad sent a handful of runners over to central Pennsylvania earlier Friday for the Last Chance Invite hosted by Lebanon Valley College. Even without some of the Owls' top runners in attendance, the team still put on a great showing in their final tune-up before conference championships.
The race of the day went to first-year Sophie Webb. With a solid opening mile and great push through the middle 2 miles, she ran extremely well and used a final push through the last kilometer to notch a 6k personal record of 26:14.
"Sophie's starting to find her legs here at Bryn Mawr and I think its only a matter of time before she really takes off as a runner," stated Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "I'm not sure exactly when it will all click for her just yet, but she's definitely one to watch in the weeks, months, and years to come."
Marina Herbst (27:38), Hannah Kim (28:55), and Sarah Ledger (29:05) held down other scoring positions in the race. Senior Margaret Patchin rounded out the small but hearty crew that ventured out to Lebanon Valley. Patchin put a capstone on the day with a season best of 34:01, just seconds off her personal best.
"Many runners needed a break this weekend to prep for conferences next Saturday, but there were few that really benefited from today's meet," Hewitt closed. "With each of the racers out there tonight, we gleaned some valuable insight on what we need to adjust to be ready for conferences next week."
Bryn Mawr now gets a full seven days to rest and ramp up for the all-important Centennial Conference Championship meet. This year, the championship is hosted by Johns Hopkins at the Stevenson University cross country course. The Owls will be looking to improve on last year's sixth place finish in the championship, and they'll get a perfect opportunity to do so this year. Saturday's race is set to begin at 11:00 AM.