Media, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr cross country team opened their 2014 season earlier this evening by hosting their own Bryn Mawr Invitational. The squad took this opportunity early in the season to feel out their limits and set some goals for upcoming meets, and if these results are any indication, this Owls team definitely has a bright future ahead.
Several of the veterans went out and posted solid times in the first meet of the year. Senior Elaine Schmidt ran the 5k course in 21:17, good enough to finish in the fourteenth spot out of 64 total racers. Junior Hannah Hastings and sophomore Sydney Maves finished within a few seconds of each other at 22:14 and 22:16, respectively. Senior Kim Wiley also posted a solid time of 22:23 to finish in 26th.
One of the brightest stories for the Owls, however, might be the fantastic outings from two of their freshman runners. Kate Edwards and Rebekah Gallop came out and posted big numbers, running the scenic Rose Tree Park course in 20:42 and 21:06, good enough for eighth and ninth place finishes.
Juniors Betsy Helm completed the course in 24:36, while Alexandra Beda and Lizzie Robinson each came home in 24:41. The Owls also saw great times out of Sophia Randazzo and Taoran Ye, both of whom were running in their first competitive cross country races. Randazzo ran a 27:14, while Ye finished her first ever meet in 34:07.
Eastern's Josey Rupert demolished the rest of the field in winning the event, running a 19:46.61. That number is now the course record for the event, giving the Eagles and senior Rupert a dazzling start to 2014 themselves.
The Owls will look to carry on stretching themselves as the season spins up, continuing next Saturday, September 6th, at the Highlander Invitational hosted by Cairn.