COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team got back in action for the first time in 2017 earlier Saturday. The Owls took part in a packed Collegeville Classic at Ursinus, facing off against a bevy of strong teams. Despite the top competition, numerous Bryn Mawr athletes shone through in the action, putting on some tremendous performances and showcasing their hard work over the holiday break.
Perhaps one of the coolest stories of the day for Bryn Mawr came in the shot put. Freshman Natalia Phillip has come in to the Bryn Mawr program and turned some heads around the Centennial Conference and the rest of the region, and that continued today. Phillip took second place in the event today with a longest throw of 12.10 meters, just off of her own school record. However, Phillip's finish was actually first out of all collegiate competitors and was second only behind the throw of Rachel Fatherly. Fatherly, a Williamsport native and Penn State grad, was the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Female Field Athlete of the Year for outdoor track in 2015. Fatherly is also widely considered to have a great chance at qualifying for future Olympic competitions as well. Phillip really took advantage of competing right alongside Fatherly with the second-place performance in the event. She was joined by Mecca Harris and Gwendolyn Vary as well in the event. Harris took ninth place in the event with a throw of 9.89 meters, while Vary earned 25th with a long of 8.26 meters.
Another strong effort for the Owls came in the distance medley relay. Competing against eight other schools, including conference foes Muhlenberg, the Owls took third place in the event. Emily Williams, Cecilia White, Haley Varnum, and Anna Kyle combined for a time of 13:51.16.
In the 800 meter run, freshman Cecilia White put on a great showing by beating out her seed time by nine seconds. White posted a time of 2:41.04 in the event, good enough for 27th overall. Vidya Ramaswamy also ran in the same event making her debut, posting a time of 3:15.98 for a 46th place finish.
The strong performances in the distance events continued in the mile run as well. Anna Kyle, Sydney Maves, and Emily Williams all finished in the top-20 in that event. Kyle posted a time of 5:40.15 to take eighth place in her season debut in the event. Maves earned 13th with a time of 5:44.23, a new personal record, while Williams took 18th place with a time of 5:49.99 for a new collegiate PR. The 3k saw solid races all around, with Campbell Powell, Nina Inman, and Sophie Webb taking 11th through 13th, with a new PR for Powell with a time of 12:17.34. In the 5k, Lizzie Robinson took 11th place overall with a solid run of 22:14.78, another new collegiate PR.
In the 60 meter dash, Tara Holman earned eighth place with a time of 8.37, just missing out on the finals by two spots. Also in action in the event were Rachel Greene, who took 19th place with a time of 8.67, and Katie Billings, who took 26th with a time of 9.03. Holman and Billings would also double up in the 200 meter run as well, with Holman taking 22nd with a time of 28.56 and Billings earning 40th with a time of 31.10. That time for Billings was a new indoor track and field personal record as well. In between those two, Cailey Klink also competed and took 34th with a time of 29.75. Klink also had a solid outing in the 400 as well, taking 19th with a time of 1:07.06. Shannon Fisher also made her debut in the event, taking 41st overall with a time of 1:15.55.
Julie Gonzales also had a busy day for the Owls, competing in two events. The freshman took seventh place in the pole vault with a high of 2.70 meters, the best finish of any Centennial Conference competitor in attendance. She also ran in the 60 meter hurdles, taking 34th with a time of 11.38.
In the long jump, Rachel Greene took 15th place with a jump of 4.53 meters, good enough to qualify her for the conference championship. Noor Banihashem Ahmad and Irina Buchok also competed in the event, taking 30th and 31st with a long of 3.78 and 3.51 meters respectively.
Several other Owls were in action on the day - you can get a full look at the day's results HERE.
Bryn Mawr will be back in action next Friday at the Widener Invitational, starting at 4:00 PM.