MUHLENBERG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team kept their season rolling earlier Friday evening with a strong performance at the Muhlenberg Invitational. The Owls set numerous season-best marks in the event as they continued their march through the early part of this campaign.
Senior Hannah Hastings went out and dominated the mile run. In a field of 22 total runners and running the event for the first time this season, Hastings won the event with a time of 5:27.52, almost five seconds faster than the next-closest runner and a new personal best for the Bryn Mawr senior. Kate Edwards also competed in the event and finished just behind Hastings in third place with a time of 5:37.86. Rebekah Gallop made it a 1-3-5 finish for Bryn Mawr with a strong run of 5:45 to take fifth place. In the second heat, Ashley Macina led most of the way and cleared the 6:00 minute mark for the first time with a strong time of 5:57. Freshman Hannah Kim also set a collegiate PR in the event with a time of 6:47.
After setting the school record in the pole vault last week, freshman Julie Gonzales went out and reset that mark tonight. Gonzales put up a high of 2.90 meters in the event, just squeaking past her mark of 2.89 last week. That 2.90 meter mark was good enough to take third place in the event. She would also go on to put up a season-high in the high jump as well, recording a high of 1.43 meters to best her mark from the Bow-Tie Invitational in December.
Senior Marissa Mirecki had a solid showing in the long jump, posting a long of 4.07 meters in the event. Fellow senior Margaret Patchin nearly posted a season-best in the shot put. Patchin threw a long of 6.50 meters in the event, not quite enough to top her performance in last week's Collegeville Classic, but a good night nonetheless. Junior Gwendolyn Vary took sixth place in the event with a longest throw of 7.85 meters on the night.
Freshman Tara Holman earned a seventh-place finish in the 55 meter dash with a strong time of 7.71 seconds in the event, a new personal best. In fact, it was PRs across the board for everyone in that event, as Katie Billings (8.19), Yue Yang (8.39), Prerana Vaddi (8.51), and Tahawney Terrell (8.59) all set personal records in the distance. While the others had already claimed their spot in the conference championship previous to this meet, the times of Vaddi and Yang were enough to pave their way to Centennials as well.
Holman would double up on her earlier success by posting a season-best time in the 200 meter dash with a solid run of 28.42 seconds. That was a good enough time to earn her eighth place in a crowded field. Senior Vaddi also competed in the same event, and she was just a few hundredths of a second off of a season-best time of her own with a 30.33 second finish. Terrell was just .02 away herself with a time of 30.47, while senior Yang competed in the event for the first time this year and put up a very solid 32.00 finish.
Mary Cooper was another Owl who just barely finished off of a new season best time. She posted a 1:16.61 in the 400 meter dash, just a half-second away from a new best. Lily Falk also ran that event for the first time this season and finished just behind Copper with a time of 1:17.08, a personal best for the freshman.
As the meet got into the longer distances, the Owls really started to hit their stride. Along with the strong performances in the mile noted earlier, Margaret Patchin ultimately went on to pick up a new season-best mark in the 1000 meter run. She bested her previous low by two seconds, posting a 4:39.73 in the event, which was also a personal best for her as well. Madeleine Maier and Allegra Wham also picked up PRs in the distance.
The Owls' 4x400 relay team of Holman, Katie Billings, Lizzie Robinson, and Gallop took fourth place on the night with a time of 4:57.94. Bryn Mawr did even better in the 4x800, with the team of Maddie Maier, Allegra Wham, Sophie Webb, and Chelsea Thangavelu taking second with a time of 11:38.55.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action next week with a busy weekend ahead of them. Next Friday will be the start of the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. That event will continue on Saturday, which some of the squad will be in attendance at. The rest of the team will head back over to Ursinus College on Saturday for the Frank Colden Invitational, slated to start at 9:30 PM.