FAIRFAX, Va. - Junior captain Caroline Duffy scored in three events to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at George Mason University's Field House this weekend. The Hawks accumulated 11.20 points to place 12th in a field of 13 teams.
In her open events, Duffy took home a fourth-place finish in the 400m (55.24 PR) and an eighth-place finish in the 200m (25.57) for a combined six points out of the sprints.
The junior went sub-56.00 for 400m twice on the weekend, including a 55.68 in the preliminaries, for the first times in her indoor career. Her 400m PR of 55.24 will stand as her new seed time entering next weekend's ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
"I certainly should give credit where credit is due, and Caroline was our top performer," said head coach Melody O'Reilly following the meet. "She is a true competitor and a team player. She never fails to step up and make the Hawks look good. Caroline is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication can do. I'm thrilled to have her for another year."
Senior captain Nathaniela Bourdeau turned in a third Crimson and Gray scoring performance out of the sprint events, placing sixth in the 60m with a time of 7.71 for three points. The time matches her season-best performance, set during the indoor opener back on December 1, and will remain her seed time entering next weekend's ECACs.
The Hawks' final scorer came in the field events as sophomore high jumper Tori Stembridge tied for eighth with a mark of 5' 1" for 0.20 points.
Elaine Estes turned in the top performance out of the non-scorers as the senior captain dazzled in the 5000m, crossing the finish line in a collegiate-best time of 17:18.15 for ninth in a field of 29. Estes improved upon her previous PR in the event, set at the Penn State National Invitational toward the end of last month, by over four seconds.
The Hawks turned in a pair of 10th-place finishes in the middle distance events as sophomore Abigail Silva led a quartet of Hawks in the 800m preliminaries with a time of 2:19.57 (field of 19) and junior Emily Bracken was SJU's lone representative in the 1000m preliminaries with a time of 2:58.15 (field of 18).
Junior Monica Higgins led a trio of Hawks in the 500m preliminaries, clocking in with a collegiate-best time of 1:19.04 for 14th in a field of 21 and for SJU's fastest 500m time of the season.
Emily Clayton placed 14th in the pentathlon field of 18 with 3,050 points, 46 points higher than her previous PR. The junior's best individual-event performance came in the high jump, where she tied for second with a season-best mark of 5' 1 1/4" for 689 points. Clayton also earned 783 points (12th/19) in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.63, 592 points (16th/18) in the 800m with a time of 2:38.33, 535 points (17th/18) in the long jump with a mark of 16' 1 1/2", and 451 points (14th/19) in the shot put with a mark of 28' 10 1/2". Her 800m and shot put performances stand as her collegiate-best time and mark in those events within pentathlon competition.
SJU's 4x800m relay of Bracken, Silva, senior Sara Rankin, and Higgins finished ninth (9:26.68), with a time just 44 seconds off from ECAC qualification, while the Distance Medley Relay of Harmon, McNierney, Bracken, and Oremus crossed in 10th (12:13.59).
Qualifying Hawks will next compete at the 2019 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, to be held at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. A complete meet preview with SJU's line-ups will be made available later in the week at SJUHawks.com.