West Chester, Pa. - The Owls track and field team closed out day two of the Bill Butler Invitational earlier Saturday with yet another afternoon of solid times. Today's results certainly showed promise as Bryn Mawr continues to build towards the all-important Centennial Conference championship meet at the end of the season.
There were numerous impressive performances on the day for the Owls. One of the biggest moments of the day for the Owls came in the 800 meter run. Freshman Rebekah Gallop posted a seventh-place finish in the event out of 41 participants. Gallop ran a great time of 2:28.69, good enough for the top-ten spot and even better, to qualify her for the event in the conference championship meet.
There were also several great runs by Owls in the 400 meter dash. Freshman Hadiyyah Graves took third place in the event, just .01 of a second behind the second-place finisher. Graves posted a time of 1:01.79 to wrap up the top-three spot by a wide margin over the next closest finisher. Also putting up great performances in the event were Prerana Vaddi and Tehzeeb Tyebjee. The two upperclassmen took ninth and tenth, respectively, with solid runs on the day. Vaddi posted a time of 1:06.90, while Tyebjee came home in a time of 1:07.35.
The 200 meter dash was also a big event on the day for Bryn Mawr. Graves led the way in that event as well, taking home 14th with a time of 27.32 seconds. Tyebjee ran a 29.47 in the distance, good enough for 30th, while Gallop ran a 30.03 to take 36th. Yue Yang closed out the slew of Bryn Mawr runners in the event, coming in 44th out of 52 with a time of 31.16.
Gwendolyn Vary led the way in the field events on the day, setting a new personal record in the javelin throw. The sophomore put up a new personal best of 21.70 meters in the event to take 14th place in the event. That, paired with a throw of 9.02 meters in the shot put, a toss of 23.65 meters in the discus, and an 11th place finish of 19.48 meters in the javelin made for a very good day for Vary.
There were many more Owls in action throughout the day. Yang was the team's lone competitor in the 100 meter dash this weekend, picking up a 25th-place finish with a time of 14.75 seconds. Several other athletes took part in the 800 meter alongside Gallop. Alex Beda took 16th with a time of 2:35.62, while Jocelyn Martinez raced home in a time of 3:18.21.
In the 1500 meter run, Margaret Patchin posted a solid time of 6:57.22. Vaddi and Ashley Macina took part in the long jump. Macina took 16th place with a best jump of 4.21 meters, while Vaddi came in close behind with a long of 4.01 meters. In the shot put, Patchin threw a best of 6.86 meters, who then went on to throw a 16.60 meter long in the discus and a 15.93 in the javelin.
In the heptathlon, Rebecca Craig put together a solid two days to take 6th place overall. She finished with a final total of 2397 points, just ahead of fellow Owl Marissa Mirecki. She ended up the event with a two-day total of 2320 points, good enough for a 7th place finish.
The Owls will get a quick turnaround this week as they take place in the Gwynedd Mercy Mid-Week Twilight Invitational on Wednesday night. The team will then head to Widener for the two-day Widener Invitational next weekend.