GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr track & field team competed at the Osprey Open hosted by Stockton University earlier Saturday afternoon, and what an impressive day it was for the Owls. Head coach Jason Hewitt gushed about his team's performances on the day, calling it an almost perfect meet for his team - and for good reason! There were loads of personal records and season bests, and the Owls netted six new qualifications for the conference championship as well.
Anna Kyle had a fantastic day in the mid-distance events, taking third place in the 800 and fourth in the 1500 meter runs. In the 1500, she qualified for conferences and set a new personal record with a time of 4:57.94. She then went on to repeat the feat in the 800 later in the day, setting another new personal record with a conference-qualifying time of 2:27.70 for a third place finish in the 800. According to Coach Hewitt, today's double PR accomplishment in these two events is one of the hardest things to pull off in the sport.
Jennica Terry also picked up a top three finish on the day, as the sophomore took third in the 100 meter hurdles. Terry posted a time of 15.14, not quite up to her school record pace, but still good enough to take top three in a very crowded field. She also took sixth in the 100 dash, finishing with a time of 13.03 in that event as well.
There were handfuls of other mighty impressive performances on the day. In the 5000 meter run, Emily Haller threw down what Coach Hewitt stated is, "One of the best run races I've seen in my time here at Bryn Mawr." Which is certainly saying something, as Hewitt is in his ninth season at the helm of the program. Haller finished in a time of 20:49.08, good enough to earn seventh place in yet another crowded field of 16 runners.
In the long jump, Rachel Eaglin threw down a new PR in trials with a mark of 4.88 meters. She then took eighth place with a long of 4.89 meters in the finals. That mark is a new personal best for Eaglin, and it also qualifies her to compete at conferences in the event. Coach Hewitt called it, "one of the biggest PRs I have ever seen!"
Katie Billings was another Owl to qualify for conferences on the day, as her season best 14.16 second time in the 100 meter dash got her into the Centennial Championship. Billings also posted a season best in the high jump, as she cleared 1.35 meters on her final attempt to take 12th place.
Julie Gonzales joined Terry in the 100 hurdles, and she set a new season best time in the event with a mark of 18.26 seconds.
Kyle was joined by a quartet of other Owls in the 800 meter, each of whom set new season best times in the event. Haley Varnum and Amelia McDonnell both qualified for conferences with their times of 2:29.67 and 2:31.04, while Sarah Keane (2:46.32) and Mariam Mshvidobadze (2:56.67) also put on impressive showings in the event. "To have three of them all qualify in the 800 today was really something special," Coach Hewitt proclaimed.
In the 200 meter dash, Kass Wojcik and Carey Parker also each set new season best times. Wojcik took seventh place in the event with a season best performance of 26.87, while Parker's 29.78 just missed out on qualifying her for conferences as well.
The Owls will look to keep the positive vibes going next weekend, as they'll travel up to Bethlehem for the Moravian Invitational.
*The team was supported today by members of the Billings and Terry families. Many thanks to those who made the trip and the many more who supported us from afar. - Coach Hewitt*