PRINCETON, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team closed out their calendar year earlier Sunday afternoon by sending several athletes over to Princeton for the annual New Year's Invitational. In a meet with numerous Division I schools in attendance, the Owls athletes showed they fit right in with several strong performances of their own.
Bryn Mawr saw another pair of new school records posted on the day, thanks to the efforts of Natalia Phillip. The Owls freshman went out in the weight throw in the morning, becoming the first Bryn Mawr athlete to compete in the event. Phillips set a high mark of 13.61 meters, a very solid bar in the first ever time in the event for an Owl. Then, Phillip would return to the shot put in the first flight, where last week she shattered the school record in the event at the Bow Tie Classic. Phillip was able to double down on her earlier success and win her flight, re-setting the school record with a long of 12.15 meters. That capped off a very strong performance for Phillips, who took eighth place overall in the event. She now sits at the top of the Centennial Conference in weight throw and second in shot put by just nine centimeters.
Mecca Harris joined Phillip in the shot put, posting a long of 9.65 meters in her first appearance at the Princeton event.
Tara Holman had a solid day in her second meet of the season, competing in two events on the day. In the 60 meter dash, Holman didn't quite hit the time she set at last week's Bow Tie Classic at Ursinus, but her mark of 8.37 seconds is still nothing to sneeze at. She would also compete in the 200 meter dash as well, posting a season-best time of 27.89 to take 11th place in that event and improve to fifth in the conference standings.
Cailey Klink rounded out the Owls in action on the day in the 400 meter run. The freshman improved on her qualifying time from last week by over a second, posting a time of 1:05.28 in today's event.
The Owls now continue to train and improve through the winter break, and they will return to competition in mid-January for the Collegeville Classic at Ursinus.