CARLISLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team took part in the jam-packed Long-Short Invitational earlier Saturday, hosted by Dickinson College. It ended up being a spectacular day for the Owls, with numerous PRs in both races and a great result for the team in the overall standings.
In the Long race, it was senior Kate Edwards who led the way for Bryn Mawr. Going up against some very stiff competition, including runners from Division I power Bucknell, Edwards flashed a bit of her impressive pace and quality, coming home in 11th out of 190 total runners. She beat out all but two of the Bucknell contingent and ended as the sixth-fastest finisher of all Centennial Conference runners. Edwards' time of 23:02.9 was a new personal record on the 6k course. Chelsea Thangavelu was the next finisher home for Bryn Mawr, coming in 28th place with a new personal record time of 23:50.2. Anna Kyle was the third and final runner to count towards the team score for Bryn Mawr, taking 61st overall in a personal-record time of 24:52. With those three finishes, the Owls took seventh place as a team in the Long race.
Nevada Powers was the next runner home for Bryn Mawr, and the Owls freshman had perhaps the race of the day for her team. Powers posted another PR, coming in 96th overall with a time of 25:59.9. Campbell Powell rounded out the top five for Bryn Mawr, running a season-best time of 26:12 to take 105th overall. Other Owls in action in the Long race were Grace Cain (PR - 26:52), Emily George (26:57), Shannon Fisher (PR - 28:56), and Emily Darrow (PR - 30:32).
Over in the Short race, Vidya Ramaswamy led the way for the Owls with a 113th place finish out of 181 runners. Ramaswamy ran a breakout race, posting a new personal record of 17:49 in the 4k distance. Lizzie Robinson was next up for Bryn Mawr, finishing strong to come home in a new personal record time of 18:51. Emily Haller was the third finisher for Bryn Mawr, also posting a personal record with a time of 18:56. Hannah Kim made it four-for-four with personal records, as the Owls sophomore posted a time of 19:12 for a new PR. Thanks to the strong efforts of the Owls in the Short race, the team took 19th in the event.
Overall, Bryn Mawr ended up with a spectacular finish on the day in the team standings. Bryn Mawr finished in a combined 10th place on the day, beating out Centennial Conference rival Muhlenberg as well as other strong programs in Marywood and Geneva. The Owls will look to keep the positive momentum rolling when they get back in action next weekend. Bryn Mawr will stay right in their own backyard, competing in the Jack St. Clair Invitational in Philadelphia on October 7th.
"The Owls were supported by the Fishers today. Many thanks to all who made the trip and those that supported us from afar." - Coach Hewitt