BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Owls track & field team got back in action for the first time in 2020 earlier Saturday afternoon at the Moravian College Indoor Invitational. Despite facing off against competitors from across the NCAA including some D-I competition, the Owls had a fantastic meet.
Jennica Terry led the way by taking the top spot in the 60 meter hurdles on the day, claiming the win with a time of 9.34. That mark is also a new season best for Terry, surpassing her time from earlier this year by .06. Lydia Fisher set a new personal best in the event with a time of 11.81, while Ritvika Patodia did the same with a time of 15.79.
Kass Wojcik would go on to take fourth place in the 400 meter dash, finishing with a new personal best time of 1:02.76 to leap into the top five. Amelia McDonnell and Santana Solorzano also put on strong showings in the event with personal bests of their own.
Cecilia White was the lone Owl in action in the 5000 meter run, but she put together one of the most well-run 5ks in recent history for Bryn Mawr. The senior ran a 21:14.68 to take a solid 11th-place finish in the event and post a new personal best time. Despite going against an aggressive start from the field, White was able to move through the field during the middle laps of the race until she finally found a battle against one of the Moravian runners at the end of the second mile. However, the Greyhound was no match for White's closing mile, as the Owls senior was able to move past her opponent one last time en route to the new PR.
Margaret Hardigg put on a great performance in the high jump, tying for seventh place by clearing a high of 1.48 meters for the first time. That qualified her for Conferences as well, and she is now ranked in the top eight in the Centennial Conference in the event.
Anna Kyle claimed fourth place in the mile, running a new personal record of 5:21.99 to take a top-five finish in the event and also qualify for Conferences. Marien Richardson finished in a time of 6:18.69, while her teammates Camryn Karis-Sconyers, Ella Heipt, and Hope Jones finished back-to-back-to-back a little later on.
Terry added another fourth-place finish to the Owls haul a little later, posting an 8.13 in the 60 meter dash. That mark is a new season best for Terry, beating out her previous fastest by .01 of a second. Kass Wojcik also put together an impressive performance in the event, running an 8.45 to take 13th and smash her previous season best by .15. Rebecca Britt just missed out on a season best of her own by .02 seconds with a finish of 10.02.
Terry wrapped up her day with a 13th-place finish in the 200 meter dash. The junior posted a time of 28.54 in that event, the second-fastest performance of a Division III athlete in the race. Once again, Fisher and Hardigg set PRs in the event as well.
In the 3000, Sarah Keane led the way for Bryn Mawr with a debut time of 12:40.04. That was a new PR for Keane, and she was joined by Eliza Lehman and Evelyn Fort in setting personal best times as well. Fort was helped by a late-race boost from Emily Darrow, as the duo teamed up for a few laps in the second mile.
Carey Parker took 17th for the Owls in the 800, surpassing her previous collegiate best with a time of 2:42.49 in the event.
Alexis Boutchie just missed a season best in the shot put, as the senior put on a strong showing with a long of 7.52 meters. Zaynah Moen also barely missed a season best, throwing a long of 7.19m. Each also posted great efforts in the weight throw, with a new PR from Boutchie (7.04m) and a solid 6.91m long from Moen.
The Owls closed out the day with a strong sixth-place finish in the 4x400 relay. The team of Wojcik, Parker, Fort, and McDonnell posted a time of 4:44.68, the third-fastest D-III time of the day.
In their first outing of 2020, the Owls posted an impressive 15 personal records and added two Conference qualifying marks to an already successful season so far. The team will be right back in action next weekend at the Collegeville Classic at Ursinus.
*Despite the snow, the team was supported today by members of the Parker and Terry families. Many thanks to those who made the trip and the many more who supported us from afar. – Coach Hewitt*