KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team exploded back onto the scene earlier Saturday morning at the Division II/III Challenge at Kutztown University. After a weekend off following their season-opener, and back in action at an event they last ran in 2016, the Owls showcased plenty of tremendous performances in their return to action. Ten of Bryn Mawr's 14 runners in action set new personal records in the event, highlighted by a tremendous performance from Dorian Alexis.
The junior got off to a great start in the event, benefitting from an aggressive first mile to set the tone for the rest of her race. The day represented a very successful return to action for Alexis after dealing with nagging injuries. She was joined in the strong start by Shannon Fisher, who also threw down a very fast opening mile to build a great race. Fisher was one of just two Owls returning to this course from back in 2016, and the senior shattered her time from before. Fisher dropped 5:09.21 from her effort in 2016, and both Alexis and Fisher set new PRs on the day.
Anna Kyle was the other Owl coming into the day who had experience on this course. The senior led the field out of the gate, setting a strong pace early before ultimately claiming 18th place overall. She too made tremendous strides over her previous outing at Kutztown, shaving off 4:43.37 from her 2016 performance.
First-year standout Charlotte McDermott continued to impress, finishing as the sixth-fastest Owl on the day en route to a new personal record. Zoe Shinefield rounded out the top seven for Bryn Mawr, and she too posted a new PR on the day.
Corrine Hartshorne, Camryn Karis-Sconyers, Eliza Lehman, Evelyn Fort, Ella Heipt, and Brooke Barton each also earned PRs on the day for Bryn Mawr. In particular, Eliza Fort put together an inspired second mile in today's race to bring home her personal record.
The Owls will be right back in action next weekend, as they will travel to Delaware Valley next Saturday for the Aggies Open.
"The team was supported today by members of the Alexis, Jones, and McDonnell families. Many thanks to those who were in attendance and to those that supported us from afar." - Coach Hewitt