Allentown, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team was back out in full force Saturday for day two of the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Owls featured ten student-athletes in action on the day, each of whom put on impressive performances to help the team to a strong finish at the end of Day 2.
Starting off the day was the duo of Rebecca Craig and Marissa Mirecki, who completed their efforts in the heptathlon this morning. Mirecki got her day off on the right foot with a great showing in the long jump. The junior posted a fifth-place finish in the event with a longest jump of 4.40 meters. Craig came in close behind with a best of 3.91 meters. Then, the pair came in back-to-back in the javelin throw, with Craig posting a best of 18.59 meters while Mirecki threw a 15.55 meters.
It all came down to the final event in the heptathlon to determine whether the Bryn Mawr record in the event would fall. When the dust finally settled at the end of a thrilling 800 meter run, it turned out that both Craig and Mirecki had surpassed the old Owls record. Craig went out and dominated the 800, taking the top spot in the event with a time of 2:33.02. Mirecki, meanwhile, posted a time of 3:00.01. With those finishes, Craig finished up the heptathlon with a seventh-place finish of 2720 points, and Mirecki followed right behind in eighth with a total of 2581. Both of those totals were plenty enough to knock off the old Bryn Mawr record of 2515 points that was set by Craig in last year's championship meet.
Tonja Nixon also had a big day for the Owls. The senior competed in several events, starting out strong in the 100 meter dash. Nixon put up a great time of 13.14 in the event, and that was enough to qualify her for tomorrow's finals out of a deep pool of athletes from across the conference. She would also compete in the 200 meter dash, where she finished 14th overall with a time of 27.37, and the long jump, in which she put up a best of 4.51 meters.
Another busy event on the day for Bryn Mawr was the 400 meter dash. Hadiyyah Graves led the way for the Owls in the event, taking third in her heat and tenth overall with a time of 1:02.49. Unfortunately, Graves just barely missed out on advancing to tomorrow's finals in for the event, just a couple positions outside of the top eight that advance to tomorrow. Prerana Vaddi and Tehzeeb Tyebjee also put up solid races in the 400; Vaddi took 15th overall with a time of 1:05.32, while Tyebjee came home in 18th with a time of 1:06.64.
In the 800 meter run, senior Elaine Schmidt took ninth place, just missing out on qualifying for the finals by less than one second. Schmidt ran a time of 2:20.41 in the event for the top ten finish. Also competing in the same event was Rebekah Gallop, who posted a great finish of 2:23.42 for 17th place in her first career Centennial Conference championships.
Gwendolyn Vary had a solid day in the discus event. The sophomore throws specialist put up a best of 24.58 meters, good enough to claim a 17th-place finish of her own on the day.
Bryn Mawr closed out the day with the 4x800 meter relay. The squad of Gallop, Craig, Alex Beda, and Schmidt took sixth place overall in the event. The Owls beat out several other strong Centennial squads including Franklin & Marshall and McDaniel, coming home in a time of 10:01.59.
At the end of day two, the Owls sit in ninth place overall in the team standings, just ahead of conference foe McDaniel. Bryn Mawr will close out the meet along with all of the rest of the league squads tomorrow.