ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team was back in action earlier Saturday, with the team taking part in one final meet before getting in action at the Centennial Conference Championships next weekend. Today, despite sending a small crew to the Blue Jay Tune Up meet at Elizabethtown College, there were still plenty of notable finishes and even a new school record.
Having already made her mark on the Owls track and field program numerous times this season, freshman Natalia Phillip once again set a new program record in today's action. Phillip took part in three throws events on the day, and made noise at all of them. Most notably, Phillip set a new school record in the hammer throw by tossing a long of 29.54 meters in the event. That surpassed the previous record set earlier by Phillip's teammate Halena Martin, and it was also good enough for eighth place in the event. Phillip did even better finish-wise in her other two events, taking second place in the discus with a long of 33.95 meters and fourth in the shot put with a long of 11.37 meters.
On the track, Kate Edwards ran a 4:58.61 in the 1500 meter run, a new personal record for the Owls junior. That mark also qualifies her for the Centennial Conference Championship. Meanwhile, in the 5000 meter run, Chelsea Thangavelu posted a 20:28.80, good enough for sixth place in the event.
Julie Gonzales was in action in outdoor for the first time this season, and the sophomore showed no signs of rust at all. Gonzales qualified for conferences in the pole vault with a high of 2.97 meters.
Senior Gwendolyn Vary took part in all four throws events on the day. Vary took tenth place in both the discus (23.40m) and hammer (23.83), 13th in the shot put (8.54m), and 14th in javelin (16.87m).
Despite the small number of athletes in attendance, the Owls still got plenty of scoring on the day, enough to give them seventh place as a team. Their 29 points were enough to beat out Franklin & Marshall, Albright, and McDaniel.
Centennial Conference Championships start on Friday, and are hosted this year in Baltimore by Johns Hopkins.