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Jessica Lopez Claims 60 Meter Title at Keogh Invitational

Jessica Lopez
Jessica Lopez

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College women's indoor track & field team hosted the Keogh Invitational on Saturday in its final preparations for next weekend's Centennial Conference Indoor Championships. The meet gave the Fords a good gauge for where some of their individuals stand as seven teams from the conference made the trek to the Alumni Field House.

Jessica Lopez highlighted the Fords' day on the track as she won the 60 meter dash in a personal-best time of 7.96 seconds. Her new PR is the best mark in the conference this season and moves her into a tie for second place in Haverford's record books. Her new mark was eight-hundredths of a second faster than her previous career best time set earlier this season.

Lopez was one of eight scoring performances from the Fords on the track. The largest Haverford contingent entered into the 800 meter field. Sophie Drew was the highest Haverford finisher in that event as she placed third with a time of 2:22.42. Molly Hawkins turned in another scoring performance in that event with a seventh place finish (2:26.69). Jolie Jaycobs (2:29.45) just missed a scoring performance as she was ninth overall while Amalia Axinn finished in a personal-best time of 2:31.22 to place 12th.

Griffin Kaulbach was the runner-up in the mile as she crossed the line in a time of 5:23.05. Ruanna Small and Julia Coletti both finished in the top five of the 400 meter race, finishing in respective times of 1:03.50 and 1:04.01. Tess Oberholtzer added a sixth place finish on the track as she contested the 60 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 9.98 seconds. In the longest race of the afternoon, Natalia Cordon placed third overall in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:21.65 in her first career race at that distance.

Haverford's shot putters both turned in new personal bests and will head into the conference meet with newfound momentum. Mari Horton's best throw was measured at 11.01 meters (36'-1.5"). That mark placed her third in the field and moves her up to seventh in Haverford's record books. Unique Tuberville was fifth on Saturday (10.64 meters; 34'-11") as she improved her ninth overall ranking on the College's all-time list.

Grace Mathis cleared 2.89 meters in the pole vault (9'-5.75") to place fifth overall. Kerry Quigley added another top five finish in the triple jump (9.63 meters; 31'-7.25"). Fiona Flynn led the Fords in the long jump with her best leap (4.78m; 15'-8.25") garnering her an eighth place finish.

Women's track & field will now turns its full attention to next weekend's conference championship. The 2019 Centennial Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will begin on Saturday, February 23 and continue into Sunday. Franklin & Marshall will serve as the host of this year's championship meet.