PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team was back in action on Saturday morning, as the Owls went down to the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia for the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship.
With several of Bryn Mawr's main crew getting a weekend off from competition, today was a day for some of the younger Owls to flex their muscles and showcase their speed. A pair of first-years led the way for the Owls, as Charlotte McDermott and Marien Richardson took the top two scoring spots for Bryn Mawr. McDermott ran a 27:35 while Richardson finished just behind her in a time of 27:46, both of which were good enough for top 50 finishes for the Owls. Charlotte was the first Owl across the line for the first time in her career, and she now holds Bryn Mawr's fastest time ever at the Belmont Plateau course. Richardson's time was Bryn Mawr's third-fastest time in history at the course.
Sophomore Zoe Shinefield was the next Owl to finish, coming in 52nd in a time of 28:26 (Bryn Mawr's sixth-fastest time at the Belmont Plateau). Emily George and Eliza Lehman finished back-to-back in a time of 28:59; Lehman's time was the seventh-fastest Owls time at the Plateau . Another pair of Owls, Corinne Hartshorne and Camryn Karis-Sconyers, also came across back-to-back in a time of 29:50 and 29:56 to wrap up the top seven for Bryn Mawr. Hartshorne's 29:50 was the ninth-fastest Bryn Mawr time at the Belmont Plateau in program history.
With the strong performances, Bryn Mawr took eighth place as a team in the event, beating out squads from University of the Sciences, Lincoln, and Rutgers-Newark among others.
The Owls will now be off next weekend before getting back in action on Friday, October 25th for the Haverford Invitational.
"The team was supported by Margaret Patchin '16, members of the Jones family, at least one significant other, and Prof. Tim Harte (who also ran 30:33 for 40th place in the mens' race). Many thanks to all cheered us on at the meet and the many more who supported us from afar." - Coach Hewitt