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Gonzales Resets School Record, Owls in Sixth After Day One of Championships

Julie Gonzales clears the pole vault to tie her school record at the 2019 Gwynedd Mercy Invitational

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr track & field team got the 2019 Centennial Conference Championships off to a roaring start earlier Friday afternoon at Muhlenberg College.

Julie Gonzales was partially responsible for the excitement for the Owls as, competing in her final conference championship meet, the senior reset her school record in the pole vault one more time. Gonzales sailed past her 3.05 meter record on her first try at 3.07 meters, then worked to set the bar even higher. She was unable to clear 3.17 on her first attempt, but on the second try she rocketed over the bar and set a new program-best mark. That height was also good enough to earn Gonzales a tie for fourth in the event.

Anna Kyle also claimed a fourth-place finish with a fantastic performance in the 10000 meter run. The junior put up a time of 38:54.99 in the event, finishing less than ten seconds behind the winning runner in the event. It was a new personal record for Kyle and her first time ever under the 39-minute mark in the event.

Rachel Eaglin was the other Owl in action on the day, and she got her heptathlon off to a great start thanks to some strong Friday performances. Eaglin put together very solid performances in both the 100 hurdles and high jump, taking second and third in those two events. In the shot put, she also claimed third with a long of 8.30 meters, a new personal best and her first time over the eight-meter mark. She closed out the day with another third-place finish, this time in the 200 dash with a season-best time of 28.28. With all of those results, Eaglin sits in second place, just 110 points behind Johns Hopkins' Annie Gutierrez.

With today's results, the Owls have collected 9.5 points and sit in sixth place in the team standings. There is still plenty more action to come from Muhlenberg and the Conference Championships this weekend, as the event will run all day Saturday before concluding on Sunday afternoon. Be sure to stay locked in to for all the news from championships!

*The Owls were supported today by members of the Gonzales and Eaglin families. Many thanks to those in attendance and all who supported us from afar. - Coach Hewitt*