Track and Field Athletes Open Weekend on High Note

Track and Field Athletes Open Weekend on High Note

The Bryn Mawr indoor track and field team was back in action once again Friday, with numerous personal bests being set throughout the day. The Owls were all over the map on the day, with the split squad taking part in three different meets.

Many of the program's athletes competed in the opening day of the Armory Track Invitational, a two-day event held at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City. Freshman Kate Edwards got things going early on in the day with a great performance in the 3000 meter run. Competing against numerous athletes from across each NCAA Division, Edwards posted a ninth place finish in her section with a fantastic time of 10:55.16. That was a new personal record for the freshman distance specialist, and it also lowered her Centennial Conference championship qualifying time by 15 seconds.

Not to be outdone, junior Hannah Hastings took part in the same event later on in the day, racing in the second section. Hastings posted a time of 10:29.66, good enough for eigth place in her section and an amazing 26 seconds better than last year. That new time frim the junior is currently the sixth best time in the Centennial Conference.

In the 60 meter dash, the Owls featured two competitors who each posted great times. Freshman Hadiyyah Graves broke the Bryn Mawr school record with an 8.30, also good enough to qualify her for Centennials. Senior Tonja Nixon backed that up by following just behind with an 8.53 finish, thanks in part to a very good start off the line.

Four more Owls put together another solid event in the distance medley relay. Freshman Rebekah Gallop started things off with a solid 4:10.03 in the opening leg. Graves followed with a 1:08.19, and then Alexandra Beda put up another great leg of her own with a time of 1:59.23. Elaine Schmidt closed out the event with a very strong run of 6:01.55, giving the Owls a total time of 13:18.19 in the event.

The Owls will be back in action tomorrow closing out the two-day Armory Invitational meet.

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There were also Owls in action in two different Pennsylvania meets. At the Muhlenberg Invitational, several great results were posted by the numerous Bryn Mawr athletes in attendance. Junior Prerana Vaddi took home seventh place in the long jump thanks to a long of 4.00 meters, just a hundredth of a meter outside of a top five finish. That jump was a new personal record for the junior, her first time hitting the 4.00 meter mark in her career.

A pair of Owls took part in the shot put at the event, including sophomore Gwendolyn Vary. She managed to claim fifth place in the event with a longest throw of 8.88 meters, well beyond her previous personal best. Also in the event was Margaret Patchin, who took home ninth with a throw of 5.91 meters.

In the 400 meter dash, Yue Yang put up a great performance, earning an eighth place finish with a time of 1:13.26 in the event. Lauren Dana competed in that event, taking home eleventh in a time of 1:18.67.

Ashley Macina and Lizzie Robinson earned 12th and 13th in the mile run, with Macina coming home in a time of 6:19.61, a new personal record. Robinson was right behind with a time of 6:27.80. Also in the event were Betsy Helm (6:30.89) and Jocelyn Martinez (7:46.18, new PR).

In the 200 meter dash, Tehzeeb Tyebjee took home eleventh place with a sparkling time of 30.12, a new personal record for her. Prerana Vaddi also set a PR in the event, running a time of 30.60 for a 13th place finish.

Senior Genesis Feliz also put up a great time and earned a new personal record of her own in the 55 meter dash, coming in 15th with a time of 8.39. Tyebjee also set a PR in this event as well, finishing in a quick 8.60 clip for an 18th place result.

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One other Owl saw plenty of action today, this one at the Widener Invitational. Junior Marissa Mirecki took part in the pentathlon at that meet, ultimately setting a new school record in the event with a terrific performance. She got things started with a fourth place finish in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 10.90. After that, she followed up with another fourth place finish, this time thanks to a jump of 4.27 meters in the long jump.

Another fourth place finish in the high jump kept Mirecki in a good spot in the event, but her shot put of 6.27 meters was only good enough for fifth in that event. Needing a strong finish in the 800 meter dash to close out on a high note, Mirecki did just that. The junior came home in a time of 2:58.51, good enough to clinch herself a fourth place finish in the pentathlon with a total of 1,881 points.