CHESTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team spent Friday afternoon and evening competing just outside Philadelphia at the Widener Field Meet. Some Owls looked to sharpen their skills in key events while numerous others were competing in some brand new events for the first time. Overall, Bryn Mawr showcased a real bevy of talented athletes with some very impressive results on the day.
Leading the way for the Owls were a pair of student-athletes who each earned event victories on the night. Sophomore Rachel Greene earned a big win for Bryn Mawr by posting a very impressive mark in the long jump. Greene put up a high of 4.84 meters in the event, good enough to earn the win in the event by a tenth of a meter. That also was a season-high for the sophomore, improving on her previous Centennial Conference championship qualification mark.
The other victory on the evening came out of Julie Gonzales in the pole vault. The sophomore continued to dominate her event, winning with a mark of 2.90 meters. That was a season best for Gonzales and was enough to win the event by over half a meter.
Several other Owls were in action in those same events. In the long jump, Irina Buchok took sixth place with a long of 4.26 meters, which was good enough to earn the senior a spot in the conference championship. Close behind Buchok was Noor Banihashem Ahmad, who posted a long of 4.16 meters for a new season best. Banihashem Ahmad would also get back on the runway for the triple jump as well, taking third place in that event with a long of 9.18 meters, a new season best. Meanwhile, in the pole vault, Claire Petitt made her season debut with a strong mark of 2.05 meters and a fourth-place finish.
Senior Gwendolyn Vary helped Bryn Mawr start the night strong with a solid effort in the weight throw. Vary set a new personal record in the event with a long of 9.55 meters, good enough to take seventh place. The senior would double up her impressive effort with a strong performance in the shot put as well, posting a long of 8.11 meters. Mecca Harris was the leader for the Owls in that event, as she took sixth place overall with a long of 9.68 meters. Also in action in the event were Gonzales (7.04 meters) and Buchok (4.70 meters), who were each making their season debuts in the shot put.
Haley Varnum earned her first Centennial Conference qualifying time of the season in the meet with a great effort in the 400 meter run. The sophomore took second in her heat and third overall with a time of 1:07.14 in the event. Varnum and Shannon Fisher would close out the track portion of the night's events with the 200 meter, where they finished almost side-by-side. Varnum posted a season best time of 30.85 in the event, while Fisher was right behind with a new personal record of 31.60 seconds.
"This was a great chance for our field athletes to have the spotlight for the evening," stated Owls head coach Jason Hewitt proudly. "Rachel is really developing as a long jumper and it's great to see Irina and Noor progressing as well. The vault seems to becoming along quite nicely for both our athletes as well!"
Bryn Mawr will now gear up with a very busy weekend in store for the team next weekend. The Owls will go split-squad with two different events on the calendar. Some of the team will travel up to New York City for the annual Armory Collegiate Invitational. The two-day event starts Friday, and is always a treat for some Owls as they always seem to get to rub shoulders with some past and future Olympians while they are in town. Meanwhile, the rest of the team will look to make some great marks at the Frank Colden Invitational at Ursinus on Saturday.