PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior Claudine Andre earned the silver medal in the high jump to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad to a 29th-place finish in a field of 45 squads at the 2018 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium this weekend. With a trio of All-East performances out of the high jump, long jump, and 4x800m relay, the Hawks accumulated 11 points for the two-day meet.
Andre hit the second-highest outdoor high jump mark of her collegiate career on Sunday afternoon, going for 5’ 8 1/2” just one weekend after reaching her PR (5’ 8 3/4”) at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. With her second-place finish in the field of seven, Andre becomes the first Hawk in program history to medal in either the indoor or outdoor ECAC high jump. Also having scored in the event in 2015 (6th), Andre remains just the second Hawk in program history to score in the ECAC outdoor event, joining Bernadette Speer (7th in 2000, 2001).
Andre also earned a seventh-place finish in a field of 26 in the long jump on Saturday afternoon, going for 19’ 2 1/2” to win her flight. Andre becomes just the third Hawk in program history to score in the ECAC outdoor long jump, joining Maisha Tyler (5th in 2002) and Donna Crumety (3rd in 1990).
With her top-eight finishes in the high jump and long jump, Andre earned a pair of All-East honors on the weekend, along with 10 points for the Crimson and Gray. She caps her ECAC career as a two-time high jump medalist, having claimed the gold this indoor season, and a four-time All-East high jumper.
On Sunday afternoon, Saint Joseph’s group of senior Cassidy Weimer, sophomore Maggie Maguire, junior Lucy Harmon, and sophomore Emily Bracken cruised to SJU’s fastest 4x800m relay time of the season in 9:06.50, good for eighth in a field of 15 and one point for the Crimson and Gray. The Hawks edged out James Madison, in their heat, by .36 seconds to claim that final scoring spot.
Weimer, Maguire, Harmon, and Bracken become the ninth 4x800m relay in program history to score at the ECAC outdoor meet and the fourth since 2011.
Also of note, Saint Joseph’s 4x100m relay group of sophomore Caroline Duffy, junior Kelly Liebl, sophomore Aliyah Stokes, and junior Nathaniela Bourdeau cruised to a time of 46.80 to place 10th in a field of 16, just .10 seconds off from a scoring performance and just .17 seconds off from their own school record, broken last weekend at A-10s.
Individually out of the non-scoring performances, Bourdeau ran 12.51 for 100m (23rd) and 25.19 for 200m (19th) while Duffy went 57.94 for 400m (17th); Bourdeau and Duffy were both coming off of SJU record-breaking performances in the 200m and 400m, respectively, from last weekend’s A-10 meet.
Bracken (4:39.19, 28th) and Weimer (4:41.46, 30th) raced the 1500m while senior Steph Toland won her section to place 15th in the 400m hurdles field of 35 (1:02.97). Rookie Morgan Bower recorded a javelin mark of 124’ 0” for 18th in her first collegiate ECAC meet while Toland, Bourdeau, junior Karley Hess, and sophomore Tamar Bourdeau registered a 4x400m relay time of 3:52.64 for 18th.
Andre is (unofficially) in the mix to compete in the high jump at the 2018 NCAA East Preliminary Rounds on Thursday, May 24, to be held at the University of South Florida’s Track and Field Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The official qualifying and declarations lists will be made available in the upcoming week.