BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr cross country team took on the rest of the region earlier Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship, and the Owls put on a strong showing on the day. Anna Kyle led the pack for Bryn Mawr, finishing in 66th place overall in the event to lead the Owls to a top-30 finish on the day. "The team raced extremely well today," head coach Jason Hewitt proclaimed. "This was quite possibly the best team performance of the year."
Kyle posted a time of 23:13.0 to take that 66th spot, putting her in the top 20% of the field at the finish, a tremendous way to cap off her senior campaign.
Dorian Alexis was next up for the Owls, posting a 24:00.5 finish to take 115th overall. Kyle and Alexis' 1-2 punch helped secure the overall team score and allowed the Owls to pressure Ursinus from the gun.
Emily George was the third-fastest Owl on the day, throwing down another strong performance with a time of 25:41.5 to finish just inside the top 200. She continued her impressive postseason by taking down a two-year-old personal record in the race.
Corinne Hartshorne was the first first-year across the line for the Owls, with the New York native taking 209th overall. She completely sailed past the 26-minute window, as she went from setting a PR of 27.07 at the Centennial Conference championship to finishing today with a time of 25:55.1.
Charlotte McDermott wrapped up the top five for Bryn Mawr by finishing right behind her classmate in 220th in a time of 26:05.1. That time was also a personal record for McDermott by over a minute.
Senior Shannon Fisher took the sixth spot for Bryn Mawr with a time of 27:21.6, while Marien Richardson closed out the seven in action for Bryn Mawr in a time of 28:02.2. Carey Parker and Sarah Keane served as alternates for the Owls coming into the day.
With the strong finishes of the top five, the Owls were able to claim 29th place as a team out of 49 schools in action. The performance was good enough to beat out Centennial Conference opponent Ursinus and was just 36 points shy of topping Gettysburg as well, placing Bryn Mawr in seventh out of the group of Centennial Conference schools in action. The Owls also beat out other regional opponents such as DeSales, Chatham, Wilkes, and Hood. Their finish of 29th place was an improvement of six spots over last season's performance.
Many of the Owls runners will be right back in action in the winter as the indoor track and field season spools up, so be sure to stay tuned throughout the year for more news from that season!
*The team was supported at the meet by members of the Fisher, Hartshorne, and Parker families as well as at least one significant other. Many thanks to all who made the trip to Lehigh and the many more who supported us throughout the season! - Coach Hewitt*