Allentown, Pa. - The Owls track and field team finally found some sun this spring at a meet. After the season started with several cancelations and dreary weather days, the Bryn Mawr squad was finally able to stretch its wings at the Muhlenberg Invitational earlier Saturday afternoon. With the good weather came some great results, as well, as the Owls took home several great finishes throughout the day.
Elaine Schmidt and Rebecca Craig finished 2-3 in the 800 meter run, with Craig just beating her seeding time to get that top three spot. Schmidt was just a few seconds outside the top place, running a great time of 2:24.65 to finish second. Craig won her heat of the event, finishing with a final time of 2:31.28. Rebekah Gallop took ninth place in the event with a time of 2:35.56, while Margaret Patchin finished in a time of 3:27.56.
Kate Edwards had one of the performances of the day for Bryn Mawr, as the freshman took fifth place in the 5k run. Competing against a slew of top runners from across the conference, Edwards took the top five spot by running a 19:00.99 time in the event. That was just a few seconds off the pace of the leaders and got her fifth place out of 21 runners.
Hadiyyah Graves also had a fantastic showing, earning a third-place finish in the packed 400 meter dash. She beat her seeding time by nearly two seconds in the event and also won her heat, finishing with a final time of 1:01.88. Tehzeeb Tyebjee took 16th in the same race with a time of 1:07.20. Yue Yang (1:08.74), Ashley Macina (1:12.65), and Jocelyn Martinez (1:20.73) also all took part in the crowded event.
Graves led the way for Bryn Mawr in the 100 meter dash, taking 10th place in the event. She posted a time of 13.33 seconds in a noticeable headwind to get that top-ten finish. Tonja Nixon grabbed 14th place with a 13.53-second finish, while Prerana Vaddi put up a time of 14.60 seconds. Graves would also lead the Owls in the 200 meter dash, where she ran a time of 27.48 to take home eighth place. Nixon posted a time of 28.89 in the same event, while Tyebjee (30.14s) and Yang (31.27s) also took part.
Ashley Macina led the way for the Owls in the long jump, putting up a best of 3.98 meters into a strong headwind. Vaddi was right behind Macina, jumping a long of 3.91 meters herself. Those jumps were good enough for 9th and 10th place, respectively, for those two. Nixon took 12th in the event herself, jumping a long of 3.85 meters.
Marissa Mirecki posted a 13th place finish in the 100 meter hurdles, beating her seeding time by almost two seconds by running 18.80 seconds in the event.
In the 1500 meter run, Alex Beda led the way for the Owls. Beda was the top finisher in her heat, and ended up with a 16th place finish after posting a time of 5:27.40 in the event. Lizzie Robinson was close behind with a time of 5:38.81, while Jocelyn Martinez ran a time of 6:53.55 in the event.
Four Owls took part in the javelin throw to kick off the field portion, with Rebecca Craig leading the way in that event. The junior put up a longest throw of 17.77 meters, good enough for 17th place. The other three Bryn Mawr athletes came in right behind Craig - Gwendolyn Vary topped out at 17.51 meters, Margaret Patchin put up a high of 15.80, and Mirecki threw a long of 14.11 meters.
That same foursome would also compete in the shot put. This time, it was Vary leading the way with a long of 8.80 meters. That was good enough for a 10th place finish in the event. Craig was close behind with a long of 6.67 meters, while Mirecki put up a 6.52 and Patchin threw a long of 6.21 meters.
Vary and Patchin also took part in the discus throw, with a longest throw on the day of 24.61 meters. That was good enough for 12th place in the event. Patchin put up a 17.74 long in the discus.
The relays were also quite successful for Bryn Mawr. In the 4x100, the Bryn Mawr team of Nixon, Vaddi, Tyebjee, and Graves took home a fifth-place finish with a time of 53.99. That was under their seed time of 54.34 seconds. In the 4x400, the team of Gallop, Beda, Robinson, and Schmidt took home fourth place with a time of 4:31.20.
The Owls will rest up over the remainder of the weekend and into next week, with the team slated to be back in action next weekend at West Chester. Action gets underway on Friday at the annual Bill Butler Invitational.