Owls See Another New School Record Set At Haverford

Julie Gonzales pole vaults at the 2019 Armory Invitational

HAVERFORD, Pa. - It was another fantastic day indoors for the Bryn Mawr track and field team, as the Owls saw another school record set in the Keogh Invitational on Saturday at Haverford.

The big highlight of the day came from senior Julie Gonzales, who broke her own school record in the pole vault. The Texas native cleared a high of 3.04 meters in the event, smashing her previous indoor record of 2.96 meters set at the 2017 Centennial Conference Championships. Her performance was also good enough for third overall in the event.

Owls head coach Jason Hewitt was very pleased with the performance. "As a team, this is the second week in a row where we've had a school record broken," Hewitt stated. "Hopefully we can make it three in a row next week at the conference championship!"

The 60 meter dash was another premier event on the day. Jennica Terry was back in action after missing some time due to injury. Terry shook some of the rust off with an eighth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles early in the day. Then, the sophomore and defending Centennial Conference Outstanding Track Performer and Rookie of the Year came out hard in the 60 meter dash and set her best time of the season. Terry claimed fourth place in that event with a time of 8.23 seconds, just missing out on a podium finish. Kass Wojcik also took part in the events a couple heats later, and she set a new personal record in the event with a time of 8.52 seconds. Ritvika Patodia rounded out the group, as she posted a season best time of 10.04 as well.

There were plenty of other highlights on the day, including Patodia and teammate Rachel Eaglin, who was making her debut in the shot put. Patodia posted a season long of 8.37 meters in the event, while Eaglin set a new personal record with a long of 7.46 meters. Eaglin also went on to take fifth place in the high jump, posting a best of 1.42 meters on the day.

In the 200 meter dash, Wojcik was back in action, and she took eighth place with a time of 27.60 seconds. Patodia also ran that event, and she posted a season best time of 35.07 seconds. In the 400 meter dash, Mariam Mshvidobadze ran a season best time of 1:17, while Wojcik captured third place overall in the event with a time of 1:02.34. That time also moves Wojcik into the top 10 runners in the Centennial Conference in the event. In the 800, Amelia McDonnell improved on her performance from last week, as she finished in a time of 2:39.99.

In team scoring, most of the teams were at full strength on the day, so it was a good primer for what might lay ahead at next week's conference championship. The Owls accrued 25 points on the day, easily enough to beat out Muhlenberg and only four back of Franklin & Marshall. This bodes well for Bryn Mawr, as those were the two squads picked to finish just ahead of the Owls in the preseason coaches' poll at the start of the year.

The Owls will now regroup and get in a final few days of training and preparation before the Conference Championship meet arrives. This year, that event will be hosted by Franklin & Marshall, and it is slated to start next Friday morning.

"The team was supported this week by members of the Field Hockey, Soccer, and Swimming programs, members of the Billings, McDonnell, Terry, Wham, and Wojcik families, and Friends of BMC XC/T&F. Many thanks to all who cheered us on at the meet and all those who supported us from afar. - Coach Hewitt"