BOSTON - Junior 400m standout Caroline Duffy broke the school record one day and medaled the next to shine for the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships up at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center this weekend.
Duffy cruised through Sunday's finals with a time of 55.34, good for sixth in the nine-member field for her first collegiate All-East honor in the 400m.
The junior captain had entered Saturday's preliminaries with one goal in mind: to go sub-55.00 for the first time in her career. She did that, crushing her PR and, with that, the school record, in 54.86 to own the third-fastest time out of the 25-member preliminaries field.
Duffy becomes just the second Hawk in program history to earn a scoring performance in the ECAC indoor 400m, joining former teammate Courtney Foster '17, who won the title in 2017 with her then-record time of 54.96... the record smashed by Duffy on Saturday.
"I'm so excited," beamed Duffy following the record-breaking performance. "That was my one goal coming into this weekend. I'm so happy I was able to do it!"
Saint Joseph's next highest performance came in the Distance Medley Relay, as senior captain Lucy Harmon (3:38.68), senior captain Bridget McNierney (58.16), sophomore Abigail Silva (2:18.95), and senior captain Lindsey Oremus (4:57.81) recorded SJU's best time of the season (11:53.59) for 11th in a field of 20.
Estes covered her final collegiate indoor 5000m in 17:08.80, over a nine-second improvement on her previous PR in the event, set at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. Estes closed the most dominating indoor season of her career with a 17th-place showing in a field of 27.
Oremus posted a mile time of 5:02.37 for 27th in the elite field of 28 to finish the season with four of SJU's top-five mile times while Bracken PR'ed in the 1000m (2:56.74) for 15th in a field of 17.
Saint Joseph's 4x800m relay of junior Monica Higgins (2:16.35), Silva (2:16.21), sophomore Claire Podles (2:18.80), and senior Sara Rankin (2:20.41) crossed in SJU's fastest time of the season (9:11.75), good for 13th in a field of 18, while the 4x400m relay of junior Karley Hess (58.90), senior captain Kelly Liebl (58.98), junior Tamar Bourdeau (58.03), and McNierney (58.49) finished in 3:54.38 for 18th in a field of 19, both in Saturday's trials.
The meet concludes Saint Joseph's 2019 indoor track and field season. The Hawks will open the outdoor slate on Saturday, March 30 at the Rider 5-Way Meet.