KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team put together another strong weekend performance earlier Saturday, this time at the DII/DIII Challenge. On a fast course at Kutztown University and going up against a bevy of talented programs, the Owls showcased a speedy lineup that helped them sail past several opponents in a solid day of racing. Notably, the Owls knocked off Centennial Conference opponents Ursinus College with a great 16th place finish in the team standings on the day.
Once again it was Kate Edwards leading Bryn Mawr's scorers on the day, as the junior just keeps plugging away at her tremendous career. Edwards ran a 23:49 in the event, good enough for 21st place overall individually. Sophomore Haley Varnum also earned a top-100 finish in the stacked field, as she posted a time of 25:48 for 96th place overall. Just behind her, fellow sophomore Chelsea Thangavelu, junior Sydney Maves, and freshman Campbell Powell each crossed the line right near each other. Thangavelu ran a 26:34 in the event, good enough for 109th place. Maves posted a 26:45 and Powell a 27:02 to come in 143and 150, respectively, closing out the scoring for Bryn Mawr. Junior Elizabeth Robinson and freshman Nina Inman closed out the top seven for Bryn Mawr, finishing 176 and 179 respectively in just under 28 minutes.
Bryn Mawr got numerous additional strong performances on the afternoon, particularly out of the younger group. Freshman Emily Williams was the next Owl across the line, rinning a 28:15 to take 186th overall. Sophomore Claire Petitt finished nearby in just under 28:30 for 195th place. Hannah Kim also finished inside the top-200 for Bryn Mawr, running a 28:37 to come in 198th overall.
The strong finishes were enough to thrust Bryn Mawr past conference rivals Ursinus by over 100 points. The Owls also ran past Felician, St. Mary's (Md.), and Cheyney University with their great run today.
The Owls will look to keep the positive momentum rolling after today's strong results. Next weekend, The Owls will travel to New Jersey and take part in the Osprey Open hosted by Stockton.