EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr College indoor track and field team headed to East Stroudsburg University for the annual running of the DeSchriver Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The day was highlighted by sophomore Claudia Keep setting a new school record in the 1000m. Her time of 3:07.25 was more than three seconds faster than the previous record held by Emily Levine which was set on Feb. 11, 2012. After leading most of the race, Keep was beat to the finish line by Marina Orson of Misericordia who finished two-seconds ahead.
In addition to her school record, Keep also won the mile race with a time of 5:11.81. From the shot of the gun, Keep led the entire race and as no one was near her as the crossed the finish line, more than 11 seconds faster than Corinne Fitzgerald of East Stroudsburg.
In the 800m run, freshman Alex Beda qualified for the Centennial Conference Championships later this month by posting a time of 2:34.92. Also running great races for the Owls in the 800m was sophomore Victoria Travis (2:52.28), sophomore Adrienne Baugher (3:18.82) and freshman Margaret Patchin (3:30.58), which were all personal best times.
The 4x200m relay of seniors Sarajane Rodgers and Rachel Shen as well as sophomores Tehzeeb Tyebjee and Zhen Xu ran to a 2:11.75. Zhen led off with a great start out of the block, but the real excitement came when Tyebjee got the baton as she chased down two rival schools in one lap. Shen and Rodgers helped to seal the fastest time for this relay this season.
The Owls are back to action when they send some runners to the Rider/Lafayette Winter Games at the Armory in New York City on Friday, Feb. 8, while the rest of the team travels to the Ursinus Open.