STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Senior Cassidy Weimer and junior Lucy Harmon dropped sub-5:00 mile performances and SJU’s 4x400m relay came dangerously close to a new school record to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the unscored Villanova Invitational, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Saturday evening. All three of those performances met ECAC qualification in preparation for the upcoming ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the start of March.
Weimer flew through the mile in a new collegiate-best time of 4:53.67, good for fifth in a field of 27 as the fourth-fastest performance by a collegiate miler. Weimer destroyed her previous PR in the mile by over three entire seconds; this new time will stand as her updated seed time for ECACs.
Weimer’s performance marks the fastest mile by a Hawk since Lizzy Barrett ’13 dropped a 4:53.37 up in Boston in March 2013.
Harmon went sub-5:00 for a mile for the first time in her collegiate career on Saturday, clocking in with a new PR of 4:56.71 to place 10th in the field of 27. The ECAC-qualifying performance destroyed her previous PR - set at the same facility just two weekends ago - by 3.94 seconds.
The junior becomes SJU’s first Hawk of the indoor season to qualify for ECACs in multiple individual events, having also qualified in the 1000m at the Penn State National Open.
SJU’s 4x400m relay of junior Nathaniela Bourdeau, sophomore Karley Hess, senior Steph Toland, and sophomore Caroline Duffy crossed in a blistering 3:48.85, under the ECAC standard by over three seconds. The Hawks edged out Villanova’s top squad by 3.13 seconds and finished just 2.06 seconds behind Penn for the second-place finish.
The group finished less than a second shy of the school record (3:47.87), currently held by Kelly Liebl '19, Angelena Minniti '17, Courtney Foster '17, and Dannah Hayward '17.
In addition to racing the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay, Duffy also ran the 60m in 7.88 to place 10th in a field of 26 short sprinters.
Also of note, junior Lindsey Oremus flew to a new collegiate-best time in the 3000, crossing in 10:05.79 for seventh in a field of 20; the time is an improvement on her previous PR in the event by over 7 seconds.
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – At this point in what has been an extremely decorated career, Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field senior standout Claudine Andre has proven herself in the high jump. At the unscored Frank Colden Invitational, held at Ursinus College’s Floy Lewis Bakes Center on Saturday afternoon, Andre did what she is known to do - won the high jump. However, this win was different than usual, as Andre won the high jump within the realm of her first collegiate indoor pentathlon. And with 3,222 points backed by a trio of victories, Andre claimed the 2018 Frank Colden Invitational pentathlon title.
Andre won the pentathlon’s 60m hurdles (9.26), high jump (5’ 5.75” / 1.67m), and long jump (season-best 18’ 3.25” / 5.57m), placed second in the 800m (2:44.33 PR), and placed seventh in the shot put (21’ 4.25” / 6.51m PR) to total 3,222 points on the day. Andre earned 856 points out of the 60m, 818 points out of the high jump, and 720 points out of the long jump, followed by 524 points from her collegiate debut in the 800m and 304 points in her collegiate debut in the shot put.
In three of those events - the 60m hurdles, high jump, and long jump - Andre found herself battling for the top spot against a familiar competitor, as Saint Joseph’s sophomore Emily Clayton took second-place finishes in the 60m hurdles (9.64), high jump (4’ 10.50” / 1.49m), and long jump (16’ 4.25” / 4.98m) to lead her to a second-place overall finish (2,881 points) in her first collegiate pentathlon.
Clayton earned 781 points out of the 60m hurdles, 610 points out of the high jump, and 554 points out of the long jump and added 936 additional points (524/412) with third-place showings in the 800m (2:44.38) and shot put (26’ 10.50” / 8.19m) and 800m (2:44.38).
In her fourth 3000m race of the season, Twomey turned in a time of 10:45.69 to edge out Kristen Okorn (10:48.03) of Steven’s Institute and Insa Mannstadt (10:53.23) of Johns Hopkins for the first victory of her collegiate career. Twomey claimed the title in a field of 32.
Barrett ran 19:25.11 for 5000m to blow away her competition of 17 distance racers on Saturday; the sophomore defeated runner-up Bridget Gottlieb of Johns Hopkins by over 19 seconds. The performance marked Barrett’s first victory of her collegiate career.
McNierney turned in her furthest long jump mark of the season and second-furthest mark of her collegiate career in 17’ 2.75” (5.25m) for the first individual victory of her collegiate career. McNierney’s was the only competitor in a field of 19 long jumpers to go above 17’, defeating runner-up Rachel Greene of Bryn Mawr College by six inches.
Also of note, rookie Tori Stembridge placed third in a field of 16 in the high jump (4’ 9.75” / 1.47m) with the best mark by a freshman, while sophomores Michaela Urbach (800m, 2:27.31) and Emily Schaeffer (3000m, 10:55.50 PR) took fourth in their respective events to round out all Hawks who turned in top-five, individual finishes at the meet.
Select Hawks will return to action at the Fastrack National Qualifier, to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. next Friday, February 9. This will be SJU’s final opportunity to race before heading into championship season, as the 2018 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for the following weekend, February 17-18, in Kingston, R.I.