LANCASTER, Pa. - The Owls track & field team was back in action Sunday for their final day at the Centennial Conference Championship meet. School records continued to fall on day three and the Owls were able to claim eighth place overall in the championship this year.
Halena Martin led the Owls off on the final day of competition, starting with Javelin. In trials, Martin broke her own school record on three subsequent throws, first at 33.33m, then at 33.56m, and finally at 34.09m. The third attempt ended up her best of the meet, and good enough for a 4th place finish to earn the first points of the day on the board for the Owls.
Jennica Terry defended her title as the fastest hurdler in the Conference to start things off on the track. While not her fastest time of the season, Terry's 15.37s was the fastest time of the weekend and good enough to earn her 10 points in her first final of the day. Terry would go on to a third place finish in the 100m dash (12.92s) and a 6th place finish in 200m dash (26.55s) to round her first Outdoor Conference Championships.
Fields events then took center stage as both shot put and triple jump revved up at 1pm in the afternoon. Martin was back in action hungry for success. After a weekend that included a PR in Hammer (32.96m ), a solid showing in discus (29.18m), and a new school record in Javelin (34.09m), Shot was to be the icing on the cake for one of the few throwers in the Conference to compete in all 4 events this weekend. Martin added to her already impressive stats with a season best of 10.55m. As warmups for the second flight started, Rachel Greene took off in Triple Jump, posting a 10.98m on her first attempt. After a huge 2nd jump, with toes just over the board, Greene popped the longest jump in school history at 11.18m, for a 2nd place finish, and an update to her School Record. As Greene finished up, it was back to the circle for Natalia Phillip in the second flight. Phillip wasted no time staking her claim to her share of finals, posting a 10.94m throw on her first attempt. Not satisfied with the first throw, Phillip put up a season best 12.14m on her second throw, earning her a trip to finals and, eventually, a 4th place finish.
Senior Kate Edwards closed out the weekend for the Owls with a familiar trip to the 5k. Seeded in the first heat, Edwards took a commanding lead in the first 100m of the 12 and a half lap race and never looked back. All alone for the full 5k, Edwards managed to finish up with a season best of 18.20.89 and a 9th place finish.
The Owls finished the weekend with a team finish of 8th. The 52.5pts was enough to beat McDaniel for the 3rd straight year and push past Muhlenberg for the first time in program history.
"The Owls were supported today by Hannah Hastings ('16), Jocelyn Martinez ('17), Marissa Mirecki ('16), and Margaret Patchin ('16), as well as members of the Edwards, Martin, and Terry families and our Asst. Athletics Communication Director, Kayla Lawrence. Many thanks to all who have supported throughout the season, both on the track, in the field, and from a far!" - Coach Hewitt