BALTIMORE, Md. - The Bryn Mawr track and field team got back in action Friday afternoon for day one of the Centennial Conference Championships. The Owls got several of their top athletes some early action on the first day of the competition, and some notable results helped Bryn Mawr stake themselves to fourth place in the team standings at the end of the day.
In the lone throws event of the evening, the Bryn Mawr trio of Natalia Phillip, Halena Martin, and Gwendolyn Vary all saw action. Competing Friday in the hammer throw, it was Phillip who led the way for the Owls, and she just keeps dominating. The current school record holder in the event, Phillip once again showed why she has already made her mark as one of the best throwers in program history at Bryn Mawr. Having taken the school record just one week ago, the first year athlete absolutely demolished that mark this afternoon, posting a long of 36.97 meters in the event. That is over seven meters further than her record from last week's meet, and good enough to give Phillip fourth place in the event and five points for Bryn Mawr in the team standings. Gwendolyn Vary came in next for the Owls, shattering her previous season best with a long of 26.85 meters for a 13th-place finish. Martin took 17th for the Owls with a long of 25.34 meters.
Kate Edwards helped kick things off strong for the Owls by taking fifth place in the 10000 meter run. Edwards posted a time of 39:28 in the event, just a shade off of her previous season best. However, it was still plenty good enough to give her a fifth place finish in the event, and she also collected four points towards Bryn Mawr's team score as well. Edwards was one of just six runners to crack the 40-minute barrier in the event.
Julie Gonzales earned the Owls more points at the pole vault, her specialty event. The sophomore posted a high of 2.90 meters, once again just a hair off of her own season best, but still good enough for seventh place and two more points for Bryn Mawr.
The Owls will be back in action Saturday, when a big chunk of the events in the championship meet will take place. Currently, hosts Johns Hopkins lead the way with 32 points, with Dickinson right behind with 30 points. Gettysburg rounds out the top three with 23 points. Bryn Mawr (11 points) finds themselves leading Haverford (8), Swarthmore (8), and Muhlenberg (5) after a strong day one of competition for the Owls.