LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team kicked off their 2018-19 indoor campaign earlier Saturday with a trip out to Franklin & Marshall's Diplomat Open. Despite it being the first meet of the season, plenty of Owls looked like they were already in midseason form, with numerous Centennial Conference Championship qualifications and personal records being set throughout the day.
Jennica Terry picked up right where she left off after last season's Outstanding Track Performer/Rookie of the Year performance, qualifying for conferences in both the 60 meter dash (8.37s) and the 60 high hurdles (9.70s). She was joined in the 60 meter dash by Katie Billings, who also qualified for conferences with a 9.00 second performance. In 60 high hurdles, Rachel Eaglin also qualified for conferences with a time of 10.25 seconds, while Julie Gonzales also posted a solid time of 11.4 seconds.
In the 200 meter, Kass Wojcik showed off some impressive speed, qualifying for conferences with a time of 27.93, the fifteenth-fastest time of the day in that event. The dual-sport athlete (Wojcik joins the track and field team after an impressive freshman campaign for the Bryn Mawr soccer team) did even better in the 400 meter, taking 11th place with a time of 1:03.94. Carey Parker (1:09.06) and Mariam Mshsvidobadze (1:17.60) also performed well in that event.
Haley Varnum set a new personal best time in the mile, as she took tenth place with a time of 5:53.35. Emily Darrow also competed in that event, posting a time of 7:08.26. The distance PRs continued in the 5k, with Allegra Wham kicking her senior season off with a personal best time of 22:25.
The Owls got plenty of other qualifications on the day, starting with Shaylin Chaney-Williams and Rachel Eaglin in the long jump. Chaney-Williams posted a long of 4.60 meters in that one to take 21st, and she was joined by Eaglin with a 4.27 meter long. Eaglin also qualified in the high jump, where she took ninth place with a high of 1.45 meters. Katie Billings also competed in that event, posting a high of 1.25 meters.
After today's strong start to the season, the Owls will certainly be ready to get back in action next week. Bryn Mawr will travel to Haverford next Saturday for their next meet, with the Holiday Invitational slated to start at 10:30 AM.
"The team was supported at the meet today by the Billings, the Parkers, and the Terrys. Many thanks to those who made the trip and those that supported us from afar." - Coach Hewitt