Collegeville Pa. / Princeton, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr Indoor Track & Field squad had a highly successful 24 hours of competition these last two days. On Friday evening, the Owls competed as a team at the Collegeville Classic, hosted by Ursinus. There were numerous big individual performances in the meet, and Bryn Mawr as a team took home 17th place and finished better than several other talented local teams, including Moravian and Centennial Conference foe Ursinus. Then, on Saturday morning, several individual team members travelled to Princeton University for the Tiger Open, putting up even more good times on back-to-back days of competition.
In the Collegeville Classic on Friday night, it was all hands on deck for the Owls as they pushed to take points and see where they stacked up out of the 24 teams in competition. One of the highlights of the night for Bryn Mawr was the 5000 meter run. Hannah Hastings continued her outstanding year of competition, carrying over her success from cross country in the fall into this winter season by picking up a win in the event. Hastings ran a great time of 18:31.22 in the event to earn the victory, finishing just in front of two runners from St. Joseph's. Her first place finish out of 22 competitors in the event gave Bryn Mawr ten points.
Another great mark in the competition was the shot put performance of fellow junior Marissa Mirecki. Having never thrown over 7 meters before, Mirecki came into the event and put up an 8.80 meter throw on her first attempt. She couldn't top that effort on her successive attempts, but that distance was her first time over the 7 meter mark and was good enough for 34th place out of 57 competitors in the event.
Three first year students also put up impressive results and earned themselves trips to the conference championship meet. In the 400 meter dash, Rebekah Gallop sprinted home in a time of 1:06.61, second fastest of any other Centennial Conference runner in the event. In the mile run, Kate Edwards took home a 16th place finish with a time on 5:44.53, also getting her into conferences. Finally, Hadiyyah Graves used a 27.70 second finish in the 200 meter dash to claim 20th place and a spot of her own in the postseason event.
There were several more finishes to talk about the very next day, with several Owls competing in the Tiger Open at Princeton. In the 60 meter dash, Tonja Nixon posted a time of 8.62 seconds, a bit off her mark of 8.49 but a solid time nonetheless. In the mile run, both Elaine Schmidt and Rebekah Gallop put up good numbers in what was a slow heat, with Schmidt running a 5:30.77 and Gallop posting a 5:40.64. Freshman Kate Edwards also competed in the 3000 meter run. Edwards qualified for conferences herself by posting a time of 11:10.42, good enough for 22nd place in todays meet. "These are all solid finishes," stated Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "We're sore and tired after yesterday, but they ran well."