LANCASTER, Pa. - 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.
The first Owl to kick off the 2018 Centennial Conference Championships was first year Olivia Brintlinger-Conn in her Heptathlon debut. After a solid start in hurdles, Brintlinger-Conn moved on to high jump. A new event for her, the High Jump was to be a test just to clear open height, but Olivia flew over the 1.15, passed the 1.18 bar and went on to set subsequent PRs at 1.21m, 1.24m, and 1.27m, before finally clearing 1.30m. Her 3rd event of the day also led to a PR as, she landed a 5.76m throw in Shot Put before heading on to the 200m. The final event of the day proved that Brintlinger-Conn brought her best for the Championships as the first year went on to set her 3rd PR of the day with a time of 28.86
Brintlinger-Conn was joined in the afternoon by junior Captain Julie Gonzales. Gonzales has spent most of the Pole Vault season in a friendly rivalry with host school's Morgan Cope. Conferences would be no different as both athletes went on to jump clean through to 2.89m, and despite great attempts by both athletes, went out at 3.04m. Gonzales and Cope tied for 5th place with their attempts at 2.89m.
Natalia Phillip and Halena Martin opened up their three-day battle in the throws over at Hammer Throw this Friday afternoon as well. It was Martin's day to shine as threw solid on her first two attempts, launching past the 30m mark on both throws. She saved the best for last, however, letting loose a 32.96m throw, good enough for a PR and an 11th place finish overall. Phillip and Martin failed to make the finals in Hammer, but will be back in action tomorrow in Discus.
The evening ended with a second debut; this time it would be Chelsea Thangavelu, in the 10k. Thangavelu has been no stranger to the distance events as an Owl, but this was her first time moving up to the longest distance on the track. After 25 grueling laps in slightly warmer than comfortable temperatures, Thangavelu found herself with a new PR in the event at 42:21.10 and a 8th place finish.
The combined points from pole vault and the 10k bring the Owls first day total to 4.5pts, only .5 back on Indoor rivals, Muhlenberg. Brintlinger-Conn will be first on the track for the Owls in Day 2 as she finishes up the Heptathlon and looks to add to the point total. The Owls will look to Ursinus and Muhlenberg as a flurry of points are released on Day 2, with the hopes of putting up big numbers on the 3rd and final day of the Conference Championships on Sunday.
The Owls will be back in action Saturday and Sunday for prelims and finals of the Centennial Conference Championships.
"The team was supported today members of the Martin family. Many thanks to those who supported us at the meet and from a far." -Coach Hewitt