HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team was back in action earlier Saturday at Haverford for the McElligott Invitational. As has become a norm for the Owls this season, school records were in danger throughout the day, with two different Bryn Mawr athletes putting their names at the top of the record board among numerous terrific performances.
Bryn Mawr got the day started in the mile run, where Ashley Macina and Allegra Wham made their season debuts after battling back from injuries. Macina took 14th overall in the event, winning her section with a time of 6:00.42. Wham posted a time of 6:16.83 for a 21st place finish. Hope Jones also put up a great race for the Owls, running a 6:57.83 for a new collegiate personal record by four seconds.
Julie Gonzales had a busy day for the Owls, and it was certainly a successful one. The Bryn Mawr sophomore started her day in the pole vault, where she claimed the win by tying her own school record with a high of 2.95 meters. Gonzales would then move over to the track, where she put on a beautiful performance. Gonzales set a huge personal record in the 60 meter hurdles, taking fifth in that event and resetting her own school record down to 10.60 seconds.
There was plenty of success to be found elsewhere in field events as well for Bryn Mawr. In the high jump, Irina Buchok posted a best of 1.40 meters, setting a new personal record for herself. In shot put, Gwendolyn Vary was the lone Owl in action, and she put up her second-best throw of the season with a long of 8.58 meters.
Back over on the track, Tara Holman led the way for the Owls in the 60 meter dash. The sophomore finished fourth overall with a time of 8.31 seconds, shaving off some time from last week's effort. Katie Billings finished not too far behind Holman, posting her fastest time of the year with an 8.83 performance.
In the 400 meter, it was Cailey Klink who topped the Owls in action, taking fifth place with a time of 1:05.34. Team captain Tahawney Terrell also had a strong showing, posting a time of 1:06.76 for a new personal record in the event. The 800 meter ended up being a very hotly-contested event, with four Bryn Mawr runners in the "fast" heat. Anna Kyle posted the fastest time of the day for the Owls in the event, running a season-best 2:30.18. Fellow first-years Emily Williams (2:32.62) and Cecilia White (2:34.66) were right behind Kyle. Senior Sydney Maves anchored the group with a 2:35.51, with all four runners posting times under the Centennial Conference Championship qualifying mark. Meanwhile, over in the fourth heat, Vidya Ramaswamy had one of the most impressive personal records of the day for Bryn Mawr, as she shaved almost eight seconds off of her previous best with her performance today.
As the Owls geared up for the 5k, there was a big roar from the infield events. First-year Noor Banihashem Ahmad had posted a long of 9.88 meters in the triple jump. That proved to be enough for third place in the event, but even more spectacularly, it shattered an 11-year-old record in the event for Bryn Mawr.
Individual events wrapped up with that 5k, where Kate Edwards and Nina Inman were in action. Nina replicated her strong performance from last week in the event with a time of 21:40, while Edwards' time of 19:12 earned her seventh place and was good enough to qualify for the conference meet.
Bryn Mawr closed out the day in the 4x400 relay, where the team of Williams, Maves, White, and Kyle put on a great showing. That quartet posted a season-best time of 4:38.28 in the event, good enough for sixth place.
Owls head coach Jason Hewitt was thrilled with his team's performance on the day. "We're not all the way finished with this season," Hewitt stated. "These athletes haven't had a break since early January. We're sore and tired, yet they are still producing great marks this season. I'm really looking forward to our taper and getting these athletes all the way tuned up for Conferences."
The Owls will be right back in action at Haverford next weekend for the Keogh Invitational before prepping for the Centennial Conference Championship in late February.
The team was supported at today's meet by the Billings, the Holmans, and many significant others. Many thanks to all who supported us on the track and from afar. - Coach Hewitt