NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team kicked off their weekend with a little Friday afternoon action earlier today, taking part in day one of the always-entertaining Armory Invitational. Competing against numerous other incredibly strong programs, including many top-tier NCAA Division I teams, the Owls have always made the best of the opportunity by turning plenty of heads with fast times and long throws, and today was no different. A bevy of Bryn Mawr athletes took to the track and field today and put on strong performances, including another school record from a spectacular sophomore.
Julie Gonzales is already well-known around the Bryn Mawr campus as the best pole vaulter in Owls history, but today she was itching to re-set her own record in a different event. The sophomore took part in the 60 meter high hurdles, and did just that. Gonzales was able to complete the event in a time of 10.78 seconds, almost a tenth of a second faster than her previous school record.
Also in action in the sprint side of things were Tara Holman and Katie Billings. The fellow Owls each took part in the 60 meter dash and put up solid performances. Holman, the current school record-holder in the event, was not able to surpass that time but still showed a strong effort with a time of 8.44 seconds. Billings, a fellow sophomore, finished right behind Holman, coming home in a time of 9.03 seconds.
Natalia Phillip, another of Bryn Mawr's current school-record holders, also had a really solid day in her event. The freshman competed in the shot put, where she threw a long of 11.90 meters, just off of her record mark from earlier this season.
Another Owls freshman had a particularly excellent day. Cailey Klink set a new indoor personal record in the 400 meter run on Friday, posting a time of 1:05.17 in the event. Also in action on the track side of things was Haley Varnum. The sophomore put up a solid performance in the 500 meter, putting down a time of 1:25.05 in that event.
Bryn Mawr closed out the night in the distance medley relay, and it was a great way to put a pin on the day. The Owls posted a time of 13:28.17 in the event, which is now the second-fastest time in the Centennial Conference. The Bryn Mawr relay squad for this event consisted of Emily Williams, Klink, Varnum, and Anna Kyle.
The Owls will be back in action tomorrow in two places. There are several more events on tap at the Armory on Saturday, while the rest of Bryn Mawr's squad will travel back over to Ursinus for the Frank Colden Invitational.
*The team was supported today by the Klink family and former Bryn Mawr assistant coach Charlotte Healy. - Coach Hewitt