COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team was back in action Saturday for the opening day of the Centennial Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, this year hosted by Ursinus College. Despite it being a relatively light first day of action, with a majority of the events to come tomorrow, the Owls still saw some great successes in their events on the day.
Sophomore Julie Gonzales led the way for Bryn Mawr by setting a new school record in the pole vault. Already the previous record-holder for the program, Gonzales bumped her mark even higher today by clearing 2.96 meters in the event. That was good enough to beat out half the field in the event, giving Gonzales seventh place overall and contributing two points towards Bryn Mawr's total as a team.
Over on the track, the distance medley relay was the first event that saw Bryn Mawr runners in action. The Bryn Mawr quartet of Sydney Maves, Anna Kyle, Ashley Macina, and Emily Williams combined for a time of 13:38.01, just ten seconds off of the season best time for the Owls this year in that event.
In what was one of the final events of the day on day one of championships, Kate Edwards ran a 19:14.76. That was good enough to earn the junior distance specialist 15th place overall, and it was just two seconds shy of a season best time for Edwards as well.
In the only other field event for the Owls today, Noor Banihashem Ahmad was in action in the triple jump. The Owls first-year couldn't quite beat out her own school record in the event, which she set earlier this season at the McElligott Invitational at Haverford. It was still a decent effort for Banihashem Ahmad in her first appearance at Centennials, as she posted a mark of 9.06 meters.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action tomorrow for the conclusion of the 2017 Centennial Conference Championships. It is certain to be a busy day for all involved, with 32 events on the slate, including shot put and high jump, the sprints, mile, and 3k, as well as the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays.