Haverford, Pa. - It was a solid final day to the indoor season for the Owls track and field squad today, as the team closed out the Centennial Conference championship meet with a bevy of top-notch performances. Numerous personal and season bests were set by Bryn Mawr student-athletes throughout the day. When the dust finally settled at the end of the day Sunday, the Owls had staked their claim to the ninth place spot in the team standings, certainly something to be proud of in such a high-octane track and field conference like the Centennial league.
Senior Elaine Schmidt got her day off to a great start with a fourth place finish in the stacked 800 meter run. Schmidt put together a time of 2:20.30 to earn herself a top-five finish in that event, a new personal record time for the senior.
In the 60 meter dash, Tonja Nixon took home a ninth place finish, just outside of qualifying for the finals in that event. The senior posted a finish of 8.32 seconds, a new personal best for her in that event. She would go on to take 15th in the 200 meter dash later on, running a time of 28.53 seconds. That time was also a new indoor personal record for the senior sprint specialist.
In the shot put, Gwendolyn Vary took home 17th place, with her longest throw coming in at 8.52 meters.
The Owls also had a thrilling day in the relay events. In the 4x200 meter relay, the team took a tenth place finish, but did so with a new season best time of 1:57.09. The 4x400, made up of Yue Yang, Lizzie Robinson, Ashley Macina, and Rachel Hager, took ninth place in their event with a time of 4:46.24, but all four of those runners posted season bests.
Perhaps the two most compelling events for the Owls on the day were the 4x800 relay and the distance medley relay. In the 4x800, Bryn Mawr found themselves trailing McDaniel for sixth place and a very important three points in the team standings. Schmidt entered the final leg with the Green Terror runner still ahead of her, but through a tremendous closing sprint managed to pass her opponent on the final lap to clinch the sixth place finish. The Owls posted a time of 10:16.29 in that event to help pave the way to beating McDaniel in the team standings as well.
In the distance medley relay, the Owls took home seventh place overall with a total time of 13:09.87, a new season best for Bryn Mawr. Rebekah Gallop opened the event on the 1200 meter leg, facing up against some of the best mid-distance runners in the country. Despite those tough odds, Gallop actually led three laps of her leg before fading slightly at the end. With a personal best split from Gallop, the Owls found themselves square in the middle of the action as Tehzeeb Tyebjee took over the baton for the 400 meter leg. Running in just her second 400 this season, she managed to set a new personal best time in that distance with a 1:05 split. Alex Beda came next in the 800 meter leg, and despite getting jostled around on the start of her run managed to maintain focus and keep the Owls in solid scoring position. Kate Edwards capped off the relay event with the 1600 meter leg. After running a new personal record in the 5000 last night, Edwards put the cherry on top of her impressive first season by breaking the 5:30 mark in her split and helping the team to the seventh place spot.
Today's championship meet marks the end of an indoor season filled with numerous remarkable performances for the Owls. After such a successful indoor season, you can be sure Bryn Mawr is ready and raring to go as the outdoor season starts to spin up later in March. The Owls' first outdoor event is currently scheduled for March 21st at Ursinus - the annual Bears Outdoor Opener.
Final Team Standings
1) Johns Hopkins - 163.50
2) Haverford - 115
3) Dickinson – 103.50
4) Gettysburg - 72.50
5) Ursinus - 69
6) Muhlenberg - 55.50
7) Swarthmore - 55
8) Franklin & Marshall - 41
9) Bryn Mawr – 18
10) McDaniel - 9