Track Excels at Penn Relays and WCU Open

Track Excels at Penn Relays and WCU Open

PHILADELPHIA/WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr College outdoor track and field team made their final preparations as they competed at the Penn Relays Thursday night and the WCU Open Friday.

On Thursday night at Franklin Field, junior Claudia Keep broke her own school record in 5K with a blazing 16.48.07 in the Olympic Development heat. Keep ripped-off more than 27-second from her previous personal best and school record from earlier this year. With the time, Keep will be making Bryn Mawr history later this season as she will become the first woman to compete at the NCAA cross country, indoor and our door national championships in the same year. She finished 10th in the heat.

Also running at the Relay's, the 4x100m team of senior Rachael Kahelin, sophomore Marissa Mirecki, junior Tonja Nixon and freshman Ann Lin ran a season best time of 56.80. The 4x400m relay of  sophomore Alex Beda, sophomore Yue Yang, freshman Ashley Macina, and junior Elaine Schmidt also put forth a season best time with a 4:39.

At the WCU Open, hosted by West Chester University, the afternoon started off sunny and mild before turning to rain before the conclusion of the meet.

The meet got underway with freshman Gwendolyn Vary and sophomore Margaret Patchin heaving the discus with personal bests - 22.97m and 16.30m, respectively. In other field events, Kahelin, Macina and freshman Jing Ma claimed 5th, 6th and 7th place, respectively, in the long jump. Kahelin led the group with a leap of 4.21m while Macina posted a 4.18m and Ma with a 3.87m.

On the track, senior Victoria Travis put up another personal best time in the 5k with a 20:42.55. In the 1500m, sophomore Hannah Hastings posted a 6th place finish (5:13.76) while Patchin posted her second personal best of the day as she ran a 6:41.59. in the final race of the day for the Owls, Schmidt competed in her first 3k Steeplechase during a complete downpour where she finished in second place with a  12:55.03.

The Owls will compete at the annual Centennial Conference Championships next weekend hosted by Swarthmore College.