COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team closed out their indoor campaign earlier Sunday with the last day of the Centennial Conference Championship. It was a packed day for the Owls, and that meant plenty of great results and finishes throughout the day en route to a solid overall performance for the team.
A pair of sophomores led the way for the Owls on the day, starting with Rachel Greene in the long jump. Green was seeded right near the middle of the 17-member field in the event, but made her first career finals and posted a very strong mark of 4.78 meters. That was good enough to earn the New Jersey native fifth place in the event. It also posted four points towards Bryn Mawr's team total as well.
Tara Holman was the other sophomore engineering the train for Bryn Mawr on Sunday, posting really great results in two events on the day. First, Holman posted a time of 8.17 seconds in the 60 meter dash. That ended up being the seventh-fastest time in prelims and was good enough to qualify her for the finals later in the day. In those finals, Holman improved on her time and tied her own school record with a sprint of 8.14 seconds in the event. That bumped her up to a sixth-place finish, and also gave Bryn Mawr three more points towards the team standings.
Holman continued her day with the 200 meter dash, coming in with a seed time of 27.88. The Virginia native shaved over five tenths of a second off of that, running a season-best time of 27.33 to take another sixth-place finish and three more team points in that event as well.
There were plenty of other strong results for the Owls throughout the day. Joining Holman in the 60 meter dash wash Katie Billings, who just missed out on a season best with a time of 8.76 seconds. However, that time was still her second-best ever in the event. Billings would go on to lead off the Owls' 4x200 meter relay, which posted a time of 2:02.37. That quartet was filled out by Noor Banihashem Ahmad, Shannon Fisher, and Cecilia White.
Bryn Mawr's most successful relay of the day was the 4x800, where the team took seventh place. The Owls foursome of Emily Williams, Sydney Maves, Anna Kyle, and Ashley Macina ran a 10:19.82 in the event, beating out both Ursinus and Franklin & Marshall and earning the Owls two more points. In the final relay of the day, Bryn Mawr took ninth in the 4x400 meter. The quartet of Kyle, Tahawney Terrell, Williams, and Macina posted a time of 4:35.40 to beat out Muhlenberg and post a new season best time by almost three seconds. Terrell in particular ran an inspired race, posting a 64-second split.
Kate Edwards had a strong performance in the 3k on the day for the Owls. The junior ran a 10:52.72 in the event, a new season-best by almost three seconds.
Joining Greene in the long jump were Banihashem Ahmad (4.33 meters) and Irina Buchok (4.21 meters), who each just barely missed out on season-best marks. In the 400 meter dash, Cailey Klink battled off illness to post a time of 1:12.13, good enough for 19th place. Back over on the field side, Mecca Harris (9.22 meters) and Gwendolyn Vary (8.54 meters) finished back-to-back, also just missing out on season bests.
The Owls ultimately ended up finishing just six points back of McDaniel in the overall standings at championships. Johns Hopkins earned the team title with a total of 180 points, with Dickinson coming up right behind with 162.
"This team has so much potential," Owls head coach Jason Hewitt proclaimed following the day's action. "We're young and strong and getting better every season. It's just a real pleasure to watch these athletes compete."
The Owls will now get a bit of time to recover and continue training before they head into the outdoor season. Bryn Mawr opens its outdoor campaign on March 25th at the Golden Ram Invite at West Chester.
*The team was supported today by the Billings, Fishers, Greenes, and Holmans. Many thanks to those who made the trip and everyone else who supported us from afar. - Coach Hewitt*