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Temple's Jenna Dubrow Sets New School Record; Freshmen Carry Owls in Indoor Season Opener at Jack Pyrah Invite
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.
PHILADELPHIA - The Temple women's track & field team made a trip across town to compete in the Philadelphia Big 5 Meet, hosted at Penn's Franklin Field on Saturday. Sophomore Victoria Gocht made her first appearance of the year winning the 800m, while freshman Ambrosia Iwugo took home top honors in the 200m.
Gocht, who sat out the most recent indoor season recovering from injury, posted a near ECAC qualifying time of 2:12.61 to take top honors in the 800m. Iwugo was also close to meeting ECAC marks, placing first in the 200m with a time of 25.17. Freshman Gennie Depass finished on her heels, turning in a second place time of 25.83.
Freshman Tessa West turned in a third place time of 1:05.60 in the 400m dash, while Iwugo also placed third in the 100m dash with a time of 12.56.
KINGSTON, R.I. - Led by a first place finish from sophomore Tonney Smith in the 800m run, the Temple women's track & field team placed sixth at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships in Kingston, R.I. Smith ran the 800m in a time of 2:13.90 to win the gold medal.
Temple placed sixth witn 61 points, while Dayton won the meet with 161. Charlotte took second with 159, followed by Rhode Island (105), Duquesne (66) and Saint Louis (65).
Several Owls also fared well on the day, including senior Assata Cowart, who placed third in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.33. Freshman Ambrosia Iwugo placed fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.45, while also taking sixth in the 400m finals with a time of 57.43. Senior Paris Williams finishes on her heels inthe 400m, turning in a seventh place time of 57.45.
Temple AthleticsAKRON, Ohio - The Temple women's track & field traveled to the Akron Opener for its first official meet of 2011. The Owls, competing in the Akron Field House against host-Akron and Cincinnati Friday evening, were led by two second place performances from sophomore Alanna Owens.
Owens met ECAC marks in the shot put, throwing 45-02.50 to place second in the event. In the weight throw, the Glen Mills, Pa. native had a like finish with a toss of 50-08.50.
Freshman Saudiah Lawrence represented the Owls in the triple jump, placing second with a distance of 35-08.00. In the high jump, junior Frances Norton claimed third with a leap of 4-11.00.
On the track, sophomore Tonney Smith led the Cherry and White with a second place finish in the 800m run, breaking the tape in 2:16.40. Also in the event, senior Shadaya Bennett placed third with a time of 2:18.90.
In the 400m, freshman Ambrosia Iwugo placed third with a time of 57.21, while senior Paris Williams finished fourth in 57.33.
Freshman Anna Pavone solidified a third place finish in the mile with a time of 5:22.14.
The Owls 4x400m squad, comprised of Bennett, Williams, Iwugo and sophomore Jade Wilson, placed second in a time of 3:55.36.
Temple travels to New York City next weekend, competing in Saturday Night at the Armory on January 15.