STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Senior captain Nathaniela Bourdeau became SJU's first Hawk to qualify for the 2019 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and took home a pair of top-five individual finishes and senior captain Lindsey Oremus dazzled in the 3000m to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the Hawks' season-opening Fastrack Metro Season Opener, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Saturday evening. The Hawks earned 88 points to place third as a team, in a field of nine, in their first opportunity to race this indoor season.
Bourdeau led a short sprints group that totaled 25 points on the evening. The senior flew to a 60m time of 7.71, good for second and shy of Fordham's Mary Kate Kenny's winning time (7.67) by just .04 seconds. The time qualifies Bourdeau for ECACs by .02 seconds. Bourdeau also finished fourth in the 200m, crossing in 25.35. Her two performances alone earned 13 points for the Crimson and Gray.
Oremus crossed the 3000m finish line in a collegiate-best time of 10:00.24 to place fourth overall but first amongst all collegiate racers. Her performance scooped up 10 points for the Crimson and Gray and missed ECAC qualification by just five seconds.
Saint Joseph's earned another 10 points out of its 4x800m relay, as sophomore Abigail Silva, freshman Victoria Sheldon, sophomore Claire Podles, and freshman Alexa Weber crossed in 10:24.92, good for second in a field of three squads.
Junior Aliyah Stokes followed Bourdeau with a fourth-place finish in the 60m (7.80 PR) and 11th-place finish in the 200m (25.97) for a combined six points while junior captain Caroline Duffy led the Hawks in the 200m (25.31) with a third-place finish, for six points.
Also of note, in her collegiate debut, rookie Cece Insalaco finished 13th in the 60m (8.05 PR) and 12th in the 200m (26.28 PR).
Saint Joseph's earned 18 points combined out of the 800m and mile. Junior Monica Higgins covered her first collegiate 800m in 2:28.02 for eighth and Sheldon placed 14th in her collegiate debut (2:32.26 PR) for a bulk of SJU's points in the shorter of the two events while Silva's second collegiate open mile clocked in at 5:28.75 for fifth and Weber placed 15th in her collegiate debut (5:51.80 PR). Sheldon, Silva, and Weber were also members of the 10-point 4x800m relay group.
Junior Abigail McGann placed fourth in the 3000m (10:58.05) and Podles crossed her first collegiate 1000m finish line in 3:12.87 for sixth to add five and three points, respectively, to the scoring.
Saint Joseph's earned another 10 points out of its high jump group, as sophomore Tori Stembridge went 5' 1" for a third-place, five-point performance and junior Emily Clayton and rookie Ashton Ashby tied for sixth with marks of 4' 11" for 2.5 points apiece.
Juniors Karley Hess and Sophia Recchilungo led the way in the 400m and 500m; Hess won her 400m heat to turn in SJU's lone sub-minute 400m performance (59.67 PR) while Recchilungo crossed the the 500m in 1:21.05 for 23rd overall.
Duffy, Hess, senior captain Kelly Liebl, and Recchilungo added a fifth-place, four-point performance in the 4x400m relay, crossing in 4:01.87.
The Hawks will return to action at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in the new year, at the Wagner College Invitational on Friday, January 4. Events are set to begin at 2:00 p.m.