STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Saint Joseph’s junior sprint standout Nathaniela Bourdeau claimed the individual title and ECAC qualification in the 60m to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the Wagner College Invitational, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon. Bourdeau, sophomore Caroline Duffy, and senior Claudine Andre all earned first-place finishes in individual events at the unscored meet.

Bourdeau matched her collegiate-best time in the 60m in 7.69, defeating runner-up Miracle Nwobu of Wagner by .11 seconds. Bourdeau had also claimed the top spot in the preliminaries, winning her heat over Queens’ Damira Banks in 7.88 to top the 48-member field.

With her performance, Bourdeau becomes the first Hawk this season to qualify for the 2018 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, to be held at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center from March 2-4.

Bourdeau also cruised to a third-place finish in a field of 55 in her first 200m race of the season, crossing in 25.35.

Duffy’s first collegiate sub-25.00 200m performance led her to a victory as the sophomore crossed the finish line first in a field of 55 in 24.98. Duffy edged out Bourdeau in the first heat and ultimately defeated Parris Garcia of Shore Athletic Club by .04 seconds for the win. The sophomore missed ECAC qualification by just .04 seconds. 

In her first high jump event of the season, Andre earned a three-way tie for first with a mark of 5’ 5” (1.65m). Andre shared the top spot with Angeli Andre of LIU Brooklyn and Yohanny Rodriguez of Rider in the overall field of 20.

Andre also matched her collegiate-best time in the 60m hurdles as she won her preliminaries heat in 9.33m before clocking in with a finals time of 9.34 for fifth overall.

The Hawks fared well in the distance events, as senior Cassidy Weimer (5:03.39) and graduate student Sydney Coughlin (5:04.20) placed third and fourth, respectively, among all collegiate milers in their season debuts (overall field of 67). Also of note, in her season debut, junior miler Lucy Harmon won the second heat in a collegiate-best time of 5:08.22, crushing her previous mile PR by over 17 seconds. Additionally, junior Lindsey Oremus earned a fourth-place finish in a field of 45 in the 3000m, recording a time of 10:18.80 in her season debut.

SJU’s top 4x400m relay of senior Steph Toland, Duffy, junior Kelly Liebl, and sophomore Karley Hess crossed in 4:00.01 to place fourth in a field of 22.

Hess also won her 400m heat in 1:00.65 en route to an eighth-place overall finish in a field of 33, while senior Alex Edger took ninth in a field of 18 in the 500m (1:23.43) and sophomore Maggie Maguire placed eighth in a field of 51 in the 800m (season-best 2:23.01).

Junior Bridget McNierney hit a season-best long jump mark of 16’ 11.25” (5.16m) to earn second in her heat and fourth among all collegiate long jumpers, in a field of 43.

The Hawks return to action at the Lehigh Angry Birds Challenge next Saturday, January 13. Start time at Lehigh University’s Rauch Fieldhouse in Bethlehem, Pa. is slated for 10:00 a.m. Live results will be made available through Mitchell Timing.

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