WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team picked a beautiful day to kick off their outdoor season earlier Saturday. The Owls took part in the West Chester University Open, and showed some great strength in the first meet of the spring. Bryn Mawr took points in events all day long, ultimately earning a third place finish in the team standings and beating out several D-II and D-III schools in the process.
Hannah Hastings picked up right where she left off after a successful indoor season. The senior took home the win in the 5k, posting a time of 18:41 to outrace the next-closest finisher by over 40 seconds. That also qualified her for the Centennial Conference Championship meet alongside Kate Edwards, who finished fourth in the race in a time of 19.25.
In the pole vault, freshman Julie Gonzales set a new school record, posting a high of 2.70 meters to set the new best for Bryn Mawr. That also qualified her for the Centennial Conference Championship later on this season. Gonzales also competed in the 100 meter hurdles, where she took a fifth-place finish and also qualified for conferences.
Fresh off a tremendous, multiple-record-setting season in swimming, senior Rebecca Craig set another huge personal record. On this day that record came in the javelin throw, where Craig posted a new personal best with a long throw of 20.94 meters.
In the 100 meter dash, Cate Roa set a new PR with a time of 16.77. She would also compete in the 200, posting a time of 36.31 to take 17th place.
Yue Yang put together an incredible race in the 1500, winning her heat with a time of 5:40. The senior also showed strongly in the 200 meter dash, posting a time of 31.62 in that event.
Tara Holman showed no signs of rust from the brief layoff after the indoor season. The Owls' "Fastest Woman on Campus" took 6th in the 100 meter dash in a time of 13.57. That was good enough to qualify her for conferences, a feat she also accomplished in the 200 as well with a time of 28.07.
Marissa Mirecki also qualified for the Centennial Conference meet. The senior posted a new personal record in the 100 hurdles, completing the event in a time of 18.72 to qualify.
Ashley Macina posted a new personal record in the 1500 meter. The junior took fifth place in the event with a time of 5:28.
Taoran Ye qualified for the conference championship as well with a strong performance in the triple jump on the day. Ye posted a long of 9.51 meters, good enough for sixth in the event and a spot at conferences at the end of the season.
The Owls will be back in action next weekend as they travel up to Allentown for the Muhlenberg Invite on Saturday morning.