COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team got back in action for the first time in 2016 after a long holiday break earlier Friday afternoon. The Owls took part in the Collegeville Classic hosted by Ursinus College and found plenty of success in their first meet back this year. Among other notable performances, freshman Julie Gonzalez set a new school record in the pole vault.
Gonzalez highlighted the day for the Owls by posting a record-breaking 2.89 meter jump in the pole vault. There were plenty of other great performances on the field side of the meet for Bryn Mawr. In the shot put, Margaret Patchin (6.77m) and Sasha Moiseyev-Foster (5.52m) each put up new season-bests in the event, while Gwendolyn Vary led Bryn Mawr with a longest throw of 8.22m, good enough for seventh place. In the long jump, senior Marissa Mirecki paired up with Gonzalez to take part in the event, and they each were also able to set new season-best distances in the event - Mirecki at 4.41 meters and Gonzales at 3.88.
That same duo would go on to compete in the 60 meter hurdles as well, and once again they each set top times this season for themselves. Mirecki took home 15th place with a time of 11.21 seconds, while Gonzales finished close behind in 11.47 seconds. The Owls also competed in a jam-packed field in the 60 meter dash, with four Bryn Mawr student-athletes involved. Tara Holman led the way with a time of 8.32 in the prelims, good enough to get her into the finals of the event. Holman was unable to better her time in the finals, but still took home fifth place with a solid run. Katie Billings (9.07s), Prerana Vaddi (9.45s), and Caitlin Roa (10.46) also each competed in the event, with Vaddi and Roa's times each being season-bests.
Patchin came back and set another season best in the mile run with a time of 7:57. She was joined by Maddie Maier (6:23) and Allegra Wham (6:34) in that event.
Bryn Mawr picked up four season-bests in the 800 meter as well, led by a strong outing from senior Yue Yang. She took home 14th place with a time of 2:45 in the event. Yang was followed closely by Lily Falk (2:57), Mary Cooper (3:04), and Kinbrae Sperstad (3:37), all in season-low times.
Holman doubled down on her success in the 60 meter dash by posting a new season-best in the 200 meter dash as well. Her time of 28:52 was good enough for 12th place overall. Vaddi (30.26) and Roa (37.10) also set season-lows in the event, while Tahawney Terrell (31.17) just missed out on that same feat.
The Owls really shined in the 3000 meter run, with six different runners competing in the event for Bryn Mawr. Senior Hannah Hastings led the way with a second-place finish in a new season best time of 10:48. Sophomore Kate Edwards finished close behind, picking up fourth place with a time of 11:09. Ashley Macina (11:43), Chelsea Thangavelu (11:52), Sophie Webb (11:57), and Hannah Kim each also participated in the event, with Thangavelu and Webb earning season-best times.
The Owls will look to build on today's positive results when they get right back in action next week. Bryn Mawr will once again travel to a Centennial Conference school to continue their competition, this time heading up the road to Muhlenberg for the Muhlenberg Invite. That meet is slated to start at 3:00 PM on Friday, January 29th.