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Owls Earn First Wins of Season at Haverford Holiday Meet

Katie Billings competes in the high jump in the 2017-18 season

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr indoor track and field team was back at it earlier Saturday, as the Owls took part in the Haverford Holiday Invitational. Plenty of Owls put on strong performances on the day, highlighted by some of Bryn Mawr's first wins of the season.

Shaylin Chaney-Williams earned her first collegiate victory with a very impressive effort in the long jump. The first-year posted a long of 4.78 meters in the event, beating out the next-closest competitor by four inches to claim the win in the event. That performance was also a personal best for Chaney-Williams, and it qualified her for the Centennial Conference Championship meet in the event alongside of fellow first-year Rachel Eaglin, who posted a long of 4.24 meters.

Jennica Terry was another star for the Owls on the day, as she posted dual victories in the 200 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles. In the 200, Terry showed some impressive pace, taking the top spot and qualifying for conferences with a time of 27.86s in the event. That was a season-best for the sophomore, and she replicated that performance in the 60 hurdles. Terry claimed her second win of the day by finishing in a time of 9.29s, which was easily enough to beat out the next-closest finisher by over half-a-second. She was joined in that event by Eaglin, who took fifth place with a time of 10.33s, and Julie Gonzales with an 11.33s performance, both of which were good enough to qualify those two for conferences as well.

Katie Billings had a busy day for the Owls, but she put on strong showings despite having to run all over the complex. She started out competing in the high jump, but then had to go join Chaney-Williams, Kass Wojcik, and Carey Parker in the 4x200 meter relay. That squad came together to claim third place in the event, coming home in a time of 1:58.68. Then, she came back to the high jump to finish that event off in style, posting a season best finish with a high of 1.30 meters. Then, she capped off her day with another season best, this time in the 60 meter dash, where she also qualified for conferences with a time of 8.93 seconds.


There were plenty of other great performances on the day for the Owls. In the 200, Kass Wojcik also qualified for conferences alongside Terry, as she claimed fourth place in the event with a time of 28.39. She would go on to qualify in the 400 as well, finishing in sixth place in that event with a time of 1:04.79. In the 800, Carey Parker posted a season-best time of 2:43.21, and Emily Darrow wrapped up the action on the track side with a season-best of her own (7:06.59). On the field side, Eaglin joined Billings in the high jump, where she qualified for conferences with a sixth-place performance of 1.40 meters. Julie Gonzales also qualified for conferences in the pole vault, posting a season-best and taking fourth place with a high of 2.30 meters.

With today's strong performances, the Owls wrap up the 2018 calendar year for the indoor season. They'll be back in action in January, starting with the Collegeville Classic at Ursinus on January 19th.

"The team was supported at the meet today by members of the Billings, Parker, Terry, and Wojcik families, as well as Bryn Mawr Soccer, Lacrosse, and many members of the BMC community. Many thanks to all those who were able to make the trip and to those who continue to support us from afar." - Coach Hewitt