MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. / GLASSBORO, N.J. – Saturday September 16th Bryn Mawr's Cross Country embarked on its second meet of the season, taking its talents to two different meets and found success at both events; the Abington and Bill Fritz Invitational.
On a beautiful yet brutal course at the Abington Invitational, sophomore Shannon Fisher set her collegiate 5k PR of 25:52 while earning an 8th place finish. Freshman Emily Darrow (27:16) also earned an 11th place finish to take a spot at the podium. Sophomore Vidya Ramaswamy was in 4th place for most of the race but unfortunately found some rocks that gave way and was not able to finish. The Owls did not have a scoring team at the Penn State Abington Invitational.
Later in the day, it was Kate Edwards' chance to shine at the Bill Fritz Invitational. Despite the heat, Edwards charged out with the front pack, clocking a sub 6:00 first mile. By the time the front pack past 4k, the group had dwindled to only 4 runners. As she surged to the lead, only two runners were able to respond during the final 2k. RIT's Becca Schwan regained the lead, only to relinquish it again at the 3M the due to a unfortunate stumble. Stevens Institute's Mary Visca made an valiant attempt to match Edwards stride for stride, but Edwards opened up 12 seconds over the final 1k of the race to finish in 23:17. The senior Owl fended off 108 runners from 13 teams around the MidEast, Atlantic, and SouthEast regions to garner her second win of the year.
In addition the team had another great finish from Chelsea Thangavelu who placed 11th overall with a time of 25:04.68. Sophomore Anna Kyle and First-year Nevada Powers both racked up up new Personal Records (PRs) of 26:19 and 35:11, respectively.
Campbell Powell's effort (28:34) helped secure the Owls a fifth place finish, pushing past Centennial Conference Rival, Ursinus and hitting a new milestone with a win against Stockton University.
Overall the team landed a strong 5th place finish amongst the 13 instutitions which included the Owls' Centennial Conference rival Ursinus College.
The team will look to rest up and recover after the hot day of competition before getting back into action next weekend. The Owls will be back together and traveling to Stockton University for the Osprey Open Saturday September 23rd.
"The Owls were supported today by Edwards, Fisher, and Powell families, as well as at least one significant other. Many thanks to those who could make it to the meets and the many others cheering us on from a far" ~ Coach Hewitt