HAVERFORD, Pa. – In what was the first collegiate event for several members of Temple's track and field squad on Friday night at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, the freshman class gave head coach Eric Mobley and the Owls a very strong first impression. First-year runner Jenna Dubrow marked a new school record in the 3000 meter run with her first place finish, as she shattered Rebecca Mims' record time of 10:21.51, which was set last season. In the shot put, Temple continued to get a glimpse of its bright future in its first-year class, as Margo Britton (13.84m) and Alana Owens (13.58m) had ECAC qualifying throws, finishing first and second in the event, respectively. In the weight throw, Owens (15.83m) and Britton (13.41) were also the two farthest throwers.
“Overall, we were very happy with the performances,” Mobley said. “It was a great event for our freshmen and I felt we were very solid across the board. It was a good first meet for us to open the season with and now we have an idea what we need to do to improve for upcoming events.”
Continuing to show early season dominance, two of its four squads in the 4x400 meter relay took the top two spots.
Temple's 'A' squad comprised of Ambrosia Iwugo, Michelle Davis, Tessa West and Wilson finished the relay in 3:57.75, ahead of the 'B' team (Smith, Shanel Golding, Sheina Roberts, Shanel Golding), which wrapped up the event in 4:00.93. Temple 'D' finished in 4:11.71, which was jsust under four seconds quicker than the 'C' squad in ninth place.
Also running in her first collegiate event, freshman Jade Wilson completed the 55 meter hurdle in 8.65, which was the third-best time.
In the 1000 meter run, junior Tonney Smith had a solid open to her season as she led all Temple runners with her second place finish in the event, crossing the finish line in 3:00.49.
Sophomores Anna Pavone and Taylor Goldsworthy also had strong performances in the 3000 meter run, as each placed within the top five and finished under the 11 minute mark. Pavone crossed the finish line in 10:41.93 for fourth place, which was just ahead of Goldsworthy, who completed her run in 10:57.61.
With not having another meet for more than a month, the Owls will look to build on the success of its season-opening meet when it goes to George Mason for the Father Diamond Invitational on Jan. 7.