LANGHORNE, Pa. / NEWARK, Del. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team split the squad up and took part in two different meets earlier Saturday, finding success all over the place at both events. Some Owls team members combined to run a terrific race and take a 3rd place finish at the Highlander Invite, while others grouped up at the University of Delaware to knock off some DII teams with a 4th place finish at the Delaware Cross Country Invitational.
At the Highlander Invite, freshman Campbell Powell led the way for the Owls. The Massachusetts native posted a time of 26:31 to take 11th place individually in her 6k debut. She was joined by fellow first-year Nina Inman, who led the Owls out with a sub-7:00 opening mile. Inman would end up finishing as the third-fastest Bryn Mawr runner in a time of 27:48. Junior Elizabeth Robinson anchored that trio, keeping things together as they flew through the second mile and on towards the finish. Robinson ended up with a 17th place finish in a time of 27:15. Cecilia White and Grace Cain came in 26th and 29th, respectively with times in the 29-minute range. Fellow first-years Hope Jones and Hannah Chang rounded out the top seven for the Owls, with both finishing under the 30-minute mark in the event. Shannon Fisher and Abigail Kwak also completed their first races as Owls in the event. All those finishes combined to give the Owls a third place finish in the team standings, just behind Monroe College and Arcadia. Bryn Mawr beat out some quality opponents at the meet, including hosts Cairn and others like Lycomning, Centenary, and Immaculata.
Over in Delaware, it was Kate Edwards who took the top Owls finish, coming in 17th place overall individually. Edwards ran a time of 24:58 in the event, but on this superhot day, it was the placing and team score that was much more valued than overall time. Sophomore Claire Petitt led the Owls out in the event, and she wound up taking 71st on the day. In between, it was fellow sophomores Chelsea Thangavelu and Haley Varnum taking 48th and 50th in the event. Junior Sydney Maves (56) and freshman Anna Kyle (62) rounded out the top five for Bryn Mawr, while sophomore Sophie Webb also got in action in the event. With the strong performances, the Owls beat out both Millersville and Wilmington in the team standings and finished just a bit behind Elizabethtown.
Bryn Mawr will look to rest up and recover after the hot day of competition before getting back in action next weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel to Kutztown University next Saturday for the DII/DIII Challenge, which is set to start at 11:00 AM.