At no point before or during Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals race was Kate Murphy ever comfortable. The rain, the cold and the course all piled against the junior from Lake Braddock, but she battled through and finished in 16th place in 17 minutes 24 seconds.

“Mentally, it’s just kind of hard because I wasn’t feeling as good going in,” Murphy said. The Pacific Northwest welcomed many of the top high school runners in the country to Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore., with a steady rain and temperatures in the lower 40s.

“When the pack separated I just couldn’t go with them,” Murphy said. “But knowing you have the rest of your teammates behind you really helps.”

The Lake Braddock girls’ team, running as Burke (Va.) XC, qualified for the meet with a first-place finish at the Southeast regional qualifier last Saturday in Cary, N.C.

Murphy’s fellow Bruins — Samantha Schwers, Sarah Daniels, Emily Schiesl and Sonya Butseva — ranged between 106th and 152nd to place in 13th of the 22 competing teams.

“Last year, as an individual, it was super fun,” said Murphy, who finished eight spots and 50 seconds better than she did as a sophomore. “But coming back and having both sides with an individual and a team, it’s more special with your team because we’ve all worked so hard to get here.”

Patriot senior Rachel McArthur, running in her second race since suffering multiple small tears of her right quadriceps almost two months ago, finished in 41st place at 18:04.

Lake Braddock’s Colin Schaefer finished the boys’ race in 16:03, good for 79th out of 195 boys.