STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Junior Elaine Estes flew to a second-place finish in the mile to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the unscored Fastrack National Qualifier, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon. The meet served as a final opportunity for the Hawks to compete before the 2018 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships, set for February 17-18.
Estes ran a collegiate-best mile time of 5:12.33 en route to her second-place finish in a field of 22 milers. The junior edged out Coppin State’s Titiana Ogundeko (5:13.52) and Monmouth’s Emily Beyer (5:13.52) for the runner-up finish, crossing just 1.60 seconds behind Emily Acton of Rowan.
A pair of distance veterans posted new collegiate PRs en route to 10th-place finishes in their respective events. Junior Sara Rankin set a new PR in the 800m, crossing in 2:19.67 to take 10th in a field of 59; the time ranks the junior fourth among all Hawks this year in fastest 800m time. Senior Megan O'Dowd ran a collegiate-best mile time of 5:25.91 to place 10th in a field 21.
Sophomore Emily Schaeffer continued on her steady improvement in the 3000m this season, crossing in a season- and collegiate-best time of 10:53.55 to place 11th in a field of 20. Schaeffer made her collegiate debut in the 3000m two weekends ago at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational (11:07.20), improved last weekend at the Frank Colden Invitational (10:55.50), and cut nearly two more seconds off of that time on Saturday.
Sophomore Emily Clayton hit her collegiate-best mark in the high jump (5’ 1”, 1.55m) for the fourth time this season for 13th in a field of 22 while junior Bridget McNierney won her flight in the long jump (16' 10", 5.13m) to place 19th in a field of 51.
In her eighth collegiate indoor 400m race, sophomore Sophia Recchilungo hit a milestone as she went sub-1:00.00 for the first time in her collegiate career, registering a time of 59.92 to place 28th in a field of 66. Recchilungo becomes just the third Hawk this season to run the 400m in under a minute, joining Caroline Duffy (56.68) and Kelly Liebl (59.16, 59.73).
The Hawks will return to action next weekend at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Kingston, R.I. on Saturday, February 17 through Sunday, February 18. Field events are slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. that Saturday, followed by track events at 2:00 p.m.