BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Senior jumper Claudine Andre placed second in the high jump in an ECAC-qualifying performance and third in the long jump to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad to a third-place team finish in a field of four squads at the Angry Birds Challenge, held at Lehigh University’s Rauch Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. Led by Andre’s 13-point day, as well as a second-place, ECAC-qualifying performance from their Distance Medley Relay group, the Hawks accumulated 88 points, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (71 points) and finishing behind meet champion Monmouth (197) and runner-up Lehigh (146).
Andre high jumped for a season-best mark of 5’ 7” (1.70m) to meet ECAC qualification in the event, placing second in a field of 17 jumpers. The senior also turned in a season-best long jump mark of 17’ 9 1/2” (5.42m), good for third in a field of 23.
Saint Joseph’s also earned ECAC qualification in its Distance Medley Relay, as junior Lucy Harmon (3:42.87), sophomore Caroline Duffy (57.79), graduate student Sydney Coughlin (2:17.89), and senior Cassidy Weimer (5:03.37) crossed in 12:01.75, crushing the ECAC standard by nearly seven seconds. The group earned second overall in the four-group field to earn seven points for the Crimson and Gray.
A pair of sprint standouts put together 13 points out of the 60m, as junior Nathaniela Bourdeau (7.79) and Duffy (7.86) earned second and third, respectively, in the finals. Also of note, sophomore Aliyah Stokes made the finals, placing seventh in 8.14. Bourdeau (7.74), Duffy (7.83 PR), and Stokes (8.11) had posted even faster times to advance out of the preliminaries field of 16.
The Hawks also earned a double-digit point performance out of the 3000m, as juniors Lindsey Oremus (season-best 10:15.41) and Elaine Estes (10:26.90 PR) placed third and fourth, respectively, in a field of 12 for 11 more points. It marked the first time that Estes had gone sub-11:00 for 3k, as the junior destroyed her collegiate-best time in the event by over 33 seconds. Also of note, junior Britton Gagliardi was right in the mix, crossing in a season-best time of 10:36.15 for fifth place.
Led by junior Rose Barrett's third-place finish (19:12.02 PR) in a field of eight, the Hawks also earned eight points out of the 5000m while sophomore Emily Bracken ran a season-best time of 5:09.02 in the mile to earn a five-point, fourth-place finish in a field of 26.
Additionally, SJU qualified two Hawks for the 60m hurdle finals, as junior Bridget McNierney (9.37) and senior Steph Toland (9.73) placed fifth and eight, respectively, for six points. Toland (9.32 PR) and McNierney (season-best 9.34) went third and fourth in the preliminaries to advance out of the 16-member field.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at the Penn 8-Team Select next Saturday, January 20. The meet will be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. and is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.