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2019 Season Review

Season Notes: Sophie Drew qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in her track & field career (she also qualified once in cross country) … Drew ran her qualifying time of 4:38.08 for the 1,500 meters at Swarthmore's final qualifier meet to mark her sixth consecutive PR in that event … The Fords have now sent 32 individuals to compete at the track & field outdoor national championships, including at least one individual during each of the last three seasons … Drew was the eighth Haverford qualifier in the 1,500 meters which leads all events in school history … Haverford has had at least one individual represent the team at outdoor nationals during 19 of the past 24 seasons … Grace Mathis set the College's record in the pole vault (10'-4.75") at the Centennial Conference Championships while Unique Tuberville broke the College record for the hammer throw (129'-11") during West Chester's Bill Butler Invitational … Haverford placed fourth as a team at the Centennial Conference Championships with a total of 68.5 points.

Postseason Awards:

School Records:

Grace Mathis '19

  • Pole Vault: 10 feet, 4.75 inches (3.17m)

Unique Tuberville '20

  • Hammer: 129 feet, 11 inches (39.59m)

Looking ahead: Although the Fords graduate NCAA qualifier Sophie Drew, Haverford does return a pair of All-Centennial Conference performers from this past season in rising junior Jessica Lopez and rising senior Unique Tuberville. In addition to her record in the hammer throw, Tuberville is also the program's indoor record holder for the weight throw. Lopez's name can be found all over the Haverford record book as she ranks third in school history in the 100 meters, fourth in the 200 meters, and fifth in the triple jump. Lopez was also part of the 4x100 meter relay that additionally featured Marisa AntinoriNaomi Fukuda, and Jasmine Reed. The Fords' 4x100 relay competed at the Penn Relays and posted the fifth-fastest time in school history (49.98 seconds) during the spring season. Griffin KaulbachAmalia Axinn, and Molly Hawkins are also rising juniors and join rising senior Jolie Jaycobs to form a solid mid-distance core in the coming years. That group has specifically excelled in the 4x800 relay during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

 

2019 Season Preview 

Changing over to the outdoor season, the Haverford College women's track & field team resumes action at the Danny Curran Invitational this coming weekend. That meet will be one of nine that the Fords are scheduled to compete in before the Centennial Conference Championships at the beginning of May.

Haverford placed fifth as a team at the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships last spring and is coming off of a fourth-place team finish during the indoor season. The Fords return two All-Centennial Conference performers from last year's outdoor championships in Sophie Drew and Molly Hawkins, who were each members of the runner-up 4x800 relay last spring. Those two also earned All-Centennial Conference accolades during the indoor season on the Fords' strong relay teams.

Jessica Lopez starred in the sprints and jumps for the Fords during the indoor season and will look to replicate and improve on those performances this coming outdoor campaign. Lopez was second in the 60 meters and 200 meters during the indoor season after placing fifth in the 100 meter dash during the conference's outdoor championship during her rookie campaign. Lopez is also coming off of a seventh-place finish in the triple jump last season, but was also the runner-up at the conference meet in that event just over a month ago.

In addition to having the second best 4x800 relay in the conference last year, the Fords had a number of returning athletes who just missed scoring performances in the individual events last spring. Drew did finish seventh last year for a scoring performance individually while Hannah YeakeyJolie Jaycobs, and Amalia Axinn were just outside of the finals for that event. Jaycobs and Griffin Kaulbach joined Hawkins and Drew on the second-place 4x800 relay during the indoor season. Drew added to her scoring in the last year's outdoor championship with an eighth place showing in the 5,000 meters. Angie Petrichenko was another runner who will be looking to move into scoring finishes this year for the Fords as she placed 10th during the conference's 10,000 meter championship.

If the indoor season is any indication, the Fords are also well equipped for relay success this spring. The relay of Naomi Fukuda, Lopez, Tess Oberholtzer, and Jasmine Reed each earned second-team All-CC honors during the winter for their performance in the 4x200 relay. Fukuda and Reed will look to carry that success into their first outdoor campaigns with the Fords, while Tess Oberholtzer also excelled in the 100 meter hurdles where she placed fourth in the conference just last year.

Mari Horton and Unique Tuberville have been strong contributors to the Fords' throwers. Tuberville set the College's record in the weight throw during the indoor season and was the fifth-place finisher in hammer last spring. Horton competed in the shot put and javelin during the outdoor championships in 2018 and will look to move up the conference ranks during her second season with the Fords. In addition to Lopez, Kerry Quigleygives the Fords another potential scoring option in the jumps.

The 2019 Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships are slated to run from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 at Muhlenberg. Other key meets leading up to that date included the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton (Apr. 19), the Haverford Invitational (Apr. 22), and the Penn Relays (Apr. 25).