NEWVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team traveled to central Pennsylvania earlier Saturday for the annual Long-Short Invitational hosted by Dickinson College.
The long (6k) race saw numerous Owls in action. First-year Chelsea Thangavelu came home in 93rd place against some very stiff competition, including D-I Bucknell. Thangavelu posted a time of 25:40 in the race to post the best finish for an Owl. Marina Herbst and Haley Varnum followed close behind, posting times of 26:45 and 26:56 respectively in the event. Herbst's time of 26:45 was a new personal best for the freshman. Claire Petitt (28:50), Allegra Wham (29:05), and Maddie Maier (32:46) also all posted personal record times on the day.
Division I school Bucknell took most of the top spots in the short (4k) race, and that forced most of the DIII runners down the pecking order. However, the Owls still had several bright spots in the event. Hannah Hastings took 18th overall and eighth amongst DIII runners. Kate Edwards and Bekah Gallop followed close behind, finishing in 43rd and 61st place respectively. Ashley Macina (16:39) and Jocelyn Martinez (20:59) posted great races as well.
"We're starting to get a sense of what this team will look like in November," stated Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "Our first-years are fearless and have taken to the 6k distance far better than we expected. When we mold the two groups back together next week, it should be something special!"
Bryn Mawr will get another week of work in over the next five days before heading back out to compete in the Paul Short Invitational next Friday. The annual event, hosted by Lehigh University, is slated to start at 9:30 AM.