CARLISLE, Pa. - The Owls cross country team was back in action this weekend for the always entertaining Dickinson Long/Short Invitational. Bryn Mawr had one of the more successful years at the event in recent memory on Saturday, as they put together great runs in both the 6k and 4k distances to take a combined fourth-place finish on the day. Several individual runners showcased strong performances on the day, led by freshman Campbell Powell.
Powell led the pack for the Owls in the 6k long run. The first year took 14th place overall in that event, sprinting home in a time of 26:12. Not only was that the best time of the day for Bryn Mawr in the long race, it was also a new personal record for Powell. Both Chelsea Thangavelu and Sydney Maves fought illness on the day to put together some impressive performances of their own. They rounded out the top three for Bryn Mawr and finished just seconds behind Powell in 17th and 20th, respectively. Freshmen Nina Inman and Emily Williams ran just over 28-minute times to close out the top five for Bryn Mawr in the long race. Hannah Kim was just seconds outside of that, while Sophie Webb improved her time for the third week in a row and Hope Jones put together an amazing finish for the Owls.
In the short (4k) race, it was Haley Varnum leading the way for Bryn Mawr. The sophomore ran a 16:43 to take 17th place in a jam-packed field at the event. Fellow sophomore Claire Petitt was not far behind with a time of 18:02, while freshman Anna Kyle closed out the scoring Owls with an impressive 18:47 for 45th place. A little further back, fellow first-years Joanna Lee and Abigail Kwak attacked the hilly section of the course well, carrying great speed through that all the way through to the finish. Meanwhile, senior Maura Fitzpatrick laid down a fantastic race, using excellent strategy and skill to produce an inspirational result for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr was able to take fourth place in the team standings on the day thanks to their combined efforts. The Owls edged out Immaculata in the overall standings while also beating Cheyney and Cedar Crest in the individual events. They'll look to keep the positive momentum rolling when they get back in action in a couple of weeks at the Seven Sisters Championship. After a tremendous job hosting the historic event last year, this year the Owls will hit the road and travel to Wellesley. The meet is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 16th.
"The team was supported this week by the Braughts, the Fishers, the Kyles, and the Joneses. Many thanks to the families and friends who were able to make it to the meet this weekend as well as those cheering us on from afar!" - Coach Hewitt