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Track & Field Impresses in Final Tune-Up Before Conference Champs

Track & Field Impresses in Final Tune-Up Before Conference Champs

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team was back in action at Haverford earlier Saturday for the Keogh Invitational. In what would be their final meet before next weekend's Centennial Conference Championship, the Owls put on quite an impressive showing.

Freshman Julie Gonzales got the field events off to a great start for Bryn Mawr by setting a new school record in the pole vault. Gonzales took second place in the event with a high of 2.95 meters to reset the top mark in Bryn Mawr history.

The 3k event was also something special for the Owls, as senior Hannah Hastings earned the victory in the race. Her time of 10:35 was over ten seconds faster than the next closest finisher in the event. Kate Edwards and Sophie Webb also earned top-ten finishes on the day with some strong tactical running. Meanwhile, freshman Hannah Kim came away with a season best time of 12:56 in the event.

The Owls sprint program continued to impress as well on the day. Tahawney Terrell (8.74) and Prerana Vaddi (8.99) both posted personal records in the 60 meter, with Vaddi breaking the nine-second mark for the first time in her career. Meanwhile, Tara Holman earned a third place finish in the event with a time of 8.30 seconds.

With President Kim Cassidy cheering on in attendance, the 200 meter squad was in rare form as well. Holman put up an indoor personal best time of 27.62 to take the top spot in the event. Terrell came in close behind with another personal best time of 29.18. Katie Billings ran a personal best time of 31.70. Mary Cooper and Lauren Dana both posted season best times, and Caitlin Roa rounded out the group with a 35.93.

The Owls mid-distance team also looked to be in peak shape on the day as well. Ashley Macina ran another personal record time in the mile with a 5:52. Rebekah Gallop made her season debut in the 800 meter and took seventh place with a time of 2:29. Lily Falk, who had set a personal best time in the event on Monday, dropped another second off of that time today with a new PR of 2:50.

In the throws, Gwendolyn Vary took seventh place with a 7.85 meter toss. Senior Margaret Patchin had a great day as well with a long of 6.78 meters, while Sash Moiseyev-Foster posted a 5.71 meter throw. Over at the long jump, senior Marissa Mirecki managed a season best on her second jump (4.21m).

"We've come to this meet a lot over the past five years, getting ready for conferences," explained Bryn Mawr head coach Jason Hewitt. "This is the best I've seen the team look seven days out from Centennials, the best we have looked in preparation since I've been here at Bryn Mawr. I can't wait to see what we can do next week!"

The Owls now look forward to next weekend and the Centennial Conference Championship. The two-day event kicks of on Saturday morning, and is hosted this year by Ursinus College.