Making its final bid for an Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Championship title, Temple Women's Track & Field is currently in third place out of 16 schools with 26 points, trailing Dayton (44) and Charlotte (27.5) after Day 1.
Setting a new school record with their finish time, the distance medley relay team, made up of: junior Anna Pavone
, sophomore Michelle Davis Timothy
, senior Tonney Smith
, and sophomore Jenna Durbrow combined for a fourth place finish with their schoolrecord-breaking time of 11:55.61 to earn five points toward the team total.
Sophomore Margo Britton
had the most impressive performance among the Owls' individuals on Day One, as she placed as the runner-up with her mark of 16.71m, to set a personal-best and earn eight team points for the Owls.
As the lone competitor in the pentathlon for Temple, sophomore Kiersten LaRoche
earned eight points for the Owls with her impressive second place total of 3650 points, a personal best for her, and just ten points shy of the winner from Rhode Island.
Other field events included the pole vault in which freshman Rachel Szeto
(2.85m). In the long jump sophomore Kiersten LaRoche
placed fourth (5.85m) earning five points for the women. Following LaRoche were freshman Jamila Janneh
placed first in her heat (5.22m) finishing 16th and junior Saudiah Lawrence
rounded out the event in 25th place (5.03m).
Smith also had an impressive run in the 800m (2:17.44) finishing fourth. Junior Ambriso Iwugo placed first in her heat and third overall in the 400m dash (57.14) followed by junior Gennie Depass (1:01.22) which was a personal best, who finished 14th and Davis Timothy, who also finished first in her heat, finished fifth (57.66).
In the 60m hurdles senior Jade Wilson
finished ninth (9.04) and fellow senior Tessa West
placed 19th (9.98).
The 60m dash saw senior Issatta Kenneh place sixth (7.75), senior Crystal Herculues in 11th (7.82) and freshman Demisha Davis placed 12th (7.87), while Iwugo was Temple's fastest in the 200m dash (25:37), which placed her 12th overall.
Following her, Davis placed14th (25.60) and Kenneh place 16th (25.85). Rounding out track events for the Owls on the first day, senior Sheina Roberts
placed 11 in the 500m dash (1:17.12) followed directly by West (1:17.81) and senior Jade Wilson
in 16th (1:18.47).
Trailing only two schools, the Owls will look to make up the ground on Sunday when they resume competition at the A-10 Championships. Follow the events live by clicking HERE.