Haverford, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team made the short jaunt down Lancaster Ave. earlier Saturday afternoon for the annual Keogh Invite held at Haverford College. Marissa Mirecki, Gwendolyn Vary and Alex Beda led the way with superb performances, but there were plenty of accolades to go around as the day went on.
Beda helped get the day started with a terrific performance in the mile run. The junior won her heat of that event with a strong run from beginning to end. She took the lead from the opening gun and set the pace most of the way. After getting passed by a pair of runners at the midway point, Beda hunted them down in the final part of the race, ultimately re-taking the lead with 50 meters to go and never looking back. Her final time of 5:42.78 was good enough for her first heat win since her freshman year, and it was also a new collegiate personal record for the junior mid-distance specialist.
Mirecki helped keep the Bryn Mawr mojo rolling with a great sprint in the 60 meter hurdles. The junior earned an eighth place finish with a sparkling time of 11.19 seconds. That was good enough to qualify her for the conference championship meet in that event, and it was also her first time four-stepping all the way through the five hurdles.
In the field events, it was Vary who set the tone with a great shot put performance. Vary, a sophomore thrower for the Owls, has been flirting with the nine meter mark for several weeks running. She finally broke through that mark in a big way in today's contest, bursting through for a 9.25 meter long that gave her eighth place in the event. This is the first time in her career that she has gone over nine meters, and also her first time over thirty feet.
Other notable performances came all over the place for the Owls. In the 60 meter dash, three different records were set. Tonja Nixon put up a new season best time of 8.44 seconds in her sixth-place finish, while Prerana Vaddi (9.12) and Tehzeeb Tyebjee (9.14) both put up personal records of their own in the event. Nixon would also put up an indoor personal best in the 200 meter dash, with her time of 29.05 qualifying her for the conference meet as well. Tyebjee put up a new personal record of 29.46 in the event, while Yue Yang (30.98) and Genesis Feliz (32.20) also earned new indoor personal and season bests respectively.
In the 400 meter run, Yang set another indoor personal best with a time of 1:11.24. Rachel Hager set a season best of her own in that race with a time of 1:16.58. Senior Elaine Schmidt placed fourth in the 800 meter with a time of 2:23.89, and she'll look to build on that when she gets to conferences next weekend.
Joining Beda in the mile run was Lizzie Robinson, who set a new collegiate personal record by finishing in a time of 6:08.94. She was joined by Margaret Patchin (7:25.04) and Jocelyn Martinez (7:40.82), who both set PRs of their own in the event.
Kate Edwards took second place in the 3000 meter run, posting a time of 10:53.06 to finish just a couple of seconds outside of the top spot. That was a personal record for her, right alongside of a PR 12:45.73 from Betsy Helm in the same event. In the field events, Patchin joined Vary in the shot put and threw a new indoor PR of 6.75 meters. In the long jump, Ashley Macina posted a high of 4.16 meters, a new personal best of her own.
"It was a great meet all around. We didn't get everything we wanted out of this meet, but we are tuned up well for conferences next week," stated Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "This team just keeps getting better and better. The hard work they put in each week really pays off when we come to the track on Saturday."
The Owls will look for one more week of hard work before they head into the Centennial Conference championship meet next weekend. The big two-day event kicks off on Saturday afternoon at 10:00 AM.