HAVERFORD, Pa - The Bryn Mawr cross country team posted some great results at the Centennial Conference Championship race earlier Saturday morning. With this year's event hosted by Haverford, the Owls had some great inside knowledge on the course, and it showed. Kate Edwards led the team to a seventh-place finish in the championship race by taking 32nd individually.
In her junior-year performance at the event, Edwards continued to show why she is one of the strongest runners in the Centennial Conference. Edwards posted a time of 23:19 to finish just outside the top-30 on the day. That was also the second-fastest time of the season for Edwards.
The Owls also got a great showing from the rest of their top five in the event. Sophomore Chelsea Thangavelu and freshman Campbell Powell each posted their second-fastest times all-time, with Thangavelu's being a season-best. Thangavelu paced a pack with a 70th-place finish in a time of 25:03, while Powell kept her impressive debut season rolling with a time of 25:20. Sydney Maves and Sophie Webb may have been the biggest heroes of the day for the Owls. Both Maves and Webb posted personal record times by wide margins, and they were racing in completely new positions on the team to boot. Maves came home in a time of 25:08 in 71st overall, while Webb closed out the top five for the Owls with a time of 25:44 and a 79th-place finish.
Emily Williams also put up a solid race for the Owls on the day as part of the top seven. Williams came in 91st in her first Centennial Conference championship with a time of 26:26 in the event, a new personal record. Her finish also helped push McDaniel higher in the team totals. Varnum earned an 86th-place finish with a time of 26:05, and she out-kicked the number five runner from Ursinus to solidify the Owls' placement in the team standings. Elizabeth Robinson, Nina Inman, Hannah Kim, and Anna Kyle each also put on great showings in the varsity championship as well, with Robinson and Inman posting personal records and Kim posting a season-best time.
In the Open race, Bryn Mawr took fifth place as a team with even more pleasant surprises for the Owls. Hannah Chang led the way as she took 43rd overall with a time of 28:42. Fellow first-year Shannon Fisher came close behind with a time of 29:28. Those two were not alone in their great efforts, as Abigail Kwak and Megan Braught each posted personal record times as well. Other notable finishes included those of seniors Jocelyn Martinez and Maura Fitzpatrick, each of whom closed out their final Centennial Conference championship races in style. Martinez rebounded from an injury at last year's conference race to post a time of 31:43 to take 52nd in the event this year, while Fitzpatrick clocked a 37:34 for the Owls in 57th place.
Bryn Mawr will now look to fly past their alumnae challengers in next weekend's Alumnae Race as part of the Bryn Mawr Athletics Alumnae Weekend. That should help the Owls gear up for the action at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. That event is set to take place Saturday, November 12th, and will be held this year in Center Valley.
*The team was supported today by the Edwards, the Hartes, and many alums from the class of 2016. Many thanks to all who were able to attend and those who supported us from afar. - Coach Hewitt. *