So far this season, the Brown Running Club has competed in two cross country races– and competed well.
On September 22, BRC went west to Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield, CT for the UConn Invitational. As the first race of the season, energy was high. Each team toed the line with the intention of showing everyone else just how hard they trained this summer. After an intense race from both the women’s and men’s teams, the results were clear. The women’s team placed fourth in the 6km race in an ever-growing competitive women’s field at the club level, led by senior Katie Chu (7th) in 25:23.10. In the 8km, the men scraped second place by four points ahead of home-team UConn, last year’s Northeast regional champions. Top 10 performances were led by senior-captain Adam Janik (6th) in 28:25.00, followed closely by freshman Eliot Laidlaw (8th) in 28:31.40. Full results can be found here.
On September 29, the team headed north to Rock Meadow Conservation Area in Belmont, MA for the Harvard Invitational. This was the team’s first time attending this meet, so the team did not know what to expect. Rock Meadow is a beautiful park filled with packed trails, tall grass marshlands, and color-turning trees. However, the race followed a period of heavy rain, and it showed on the course. Although the start and finish was safely in the grass, the middle section consisted of one loop (for the women’s race) or two loops (men’s race) of muddy trails and nearly full-flowing streams of flooding, truly encapsulating the essence of what cross country is all about. Despite missing several top runners, the women’s team placed 7th in the 6km race. The men’s team placed safely in third place, again ahead of UConn, and behind Northeastern and Boston College. Full results can be found here.
Both teams hope to improve over the next few weeks before the Princeton Invitational (10/14) in Rutgers, NJ, and the Northeast Regional Championships (10/27) in Milton, NY. Each team must place in the top 6 in the region to qualify for the National Championships (11/10), in Lexington, KY.