While many members of the track team were resting up for next weekend, a few broke free this afternoon to take their chances that Annual Gwynedd Mercy Mid-Week Invitational. The Mid-week outing proved fruitful for the Owls that were able to make the trip.
First year standout Halena Martin continued to impress in the throwing events. Just four days after setting the school record in the Hammer Throw, Martin took the top spot in Bryn Mawr history in her premier event, the Javelin. With gusty side winds and a grass surface that had seen rain earlier in the day, the conditions were not ideal for javelin, early on, Martin was able to muster a throw of 30.28m. She was joined in trials by fellow first year Mecca Harris (cPR - 18.74m) and captain Gwendolyn Vary (18.07m), but only Martin would break through to finals. On her 5th throw, the record books shattered. Martin tossed out a throw of 31.66m, breaking a 16 year-old School Record (31.48m) formerly held by Mary Beth Medvide.
Jumps would render even more success for the Owls as Rachel Greene would advance to finals easily on a 4.81m jump. The jump was her best yet in the outdoor season, but the Coaches and athletes all knew there was a bigger jump coming. Greene entered finals in second place, but would not go quietly down as a silver medalist. On her first attempt in finals, she landed a jump of 4.95m. Her first official jump over the 16ft-mark proved to be too much for the competition as Greene would walk away with her first 1st place finish in the outdoor season.
On the track this evening, it was all about new experiences. First year Anna Kyle strode out in her first attempt at the 3k Steeplechase. With a small field and an aggressive start, Kyle had the opportunity for a win and great PR. She was able to accomplish both, speeding through the 3k course and 35 barriers in a time of 12:25.77 for a new PR and the win. Kyle's mark also qualifies her for Conference Championships. Greene joined the track after the long jump, where she took 18th in her 100m collegiate debut (cPR - 13.80s), while Hope Jones carried the 1500m/800m double for the first time this year (PR - 6:36, SB - 3:16).
Back up at the throws circle, Harris made finals in the Shot Put, heaving out a new PR of 10.06m (her first time over 33ft), while Vary put a throw of 7.81m in Trials. Vary and Martin would finish of at Hammer. Sector fowls plagued both athletes, robbing them each of some of their best throws this season, but both athletes still managed some solid marks (Martin - 27.98m, Vary - 23.47m) and Martin finished just out of finals in in 10th place.
As the team begins to look towards Conference Championships, at least three of the performance bode well for the Owls ranking in the Centennial Conference as well; Martin in the Javelin (9th), Greene in the Long Jump (8th), and Kyle in the 3kSTP (7th).
"The Owls were supported today by family and friends of the Martins. Many thanks to all who cheered on the great performance at the meet and those supporting us from a far!"