WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team was out in full force earlier Saturday afternoon, as the Owls took on all comers at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational. The busy day was full of tremendous performances by the Owls, headed by a brand new school record.
Kass Wojcik shattered the school record in the 500 meter dash today in just her second time racing in the event as an Owl. The first-year toppled the previous record, set by current Owls senior Haley Varnum, by two tenths of a second, finishing the event in a time of 1:24.35. That was good enough for eighth place overall on the day.
Julie Gonzales had kicked off the meet for the Owls on Friday evening in the pole vault. The senior tied a season-best performance by clearing 2.90 meters in the event, good enough for fifth place overall.
Rachel Eaglin got Bryn Mawr going on Saturday with a tenth-place finish in the long jump. The first-year posted a long of 3.99 meters in that event. She would go on to take 11th in the 60 meter hurdles as well, and then she raced in the 800 meter run for the first time in her college career. She was joined in that feat by Amelia McDonnell, who posted a 2:47.55 in her first time running that event as an Owl.
Ritvika Patodia and Katie Billings both posted season-best times in the 60 meter dash, with Billings posting a time of 8.75 seconds to take 16th overall. Billings also ran a 30.56 in the 200 meter dash,
In the mile run, Emily Darrow posted a huge personal record, completing the event in her fastest time ever at 6:38.21.
In the 400, Mariam Mshvidobadze ran her fastest time of the new year at 1:19.86.
Anna Kyle closed out the meet for the Owls in the 3k, running a brilliant race the whole way. Kyle finished second in a time of 10:51.86, good enough for second place and also plenty fast enough to qualify her for the conference championship at the end of the year.
Bryn Mawr will return to action next Saturday at Haverford for the Keogh Invitational. That meet is slated to start at 10:30 AM on the Fords' campus.
*The Owls were supported by members of the Wojcik and Hewitt families. Many thanks to those who made the trip and to the many more who supported us from afar. - Coach Hewitt*