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The Hawks will compete at Franklin Field this weekend.
Courtesy: SJU Athletics
Women's Track Prepares for 120th Penn Relays
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  04/21/2014

PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's track and field team is off to the 120th running of the Penn Relays this weekend. The Penn Relay Carnival will take place April 24-26 at the University of Pennsylvania at historic Franklin Field. More than 22,000 athletes from around the world will convene upon Philadelphia to compete in the event, which has seen more competitors enter than any meet in the world.

The Penn Relays announced a partnership with Flotrack, which will see the 2014 Penn Relays streamed live via Flotrack’s “Flo Pro” premium subscription service. In order to view The Penn Relays via Flotrack, fans will need a “Flo Pro” subscription. A monthly subscription costs $19.99.

Flotrack will provide live commentary throughout the three days of The Penn Relays on the track, led by Gordon Mack, Alex Lohr, Isaac Wood, Mitch Kastoff and Ryan Fenton. Live action will broadcast all three days, except for USA vs. The World events which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports on April 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For a complete event rundown, please see below.

Thursday, April 24
12:55 PM – 4x1 Heats – Courtney Foster, Carly McGowan, Katie Koss, Mercedes Yanora
4:00 PM – Long Jump Eastern – Kati Polaski
5:25 PM – DMR Championship of America – Lauren Hehir, Jaclyn Kogut, Sara Radzwilka, Lizzy Barrett
6:15 PM – 4x4 Heats – Ashley Gerald, Katie Koss, Mercedes Yanora, Courtney Foster

Friday, April 25
11:00 AM – Triple Jump Eastern – Gabriella Becattini

Saturday, April 26
4:10 PM – 4x8 Championship of America – Sara Radzwilka, Jaclyn Kogut, Lauren Hehir, Lizzy Barrett

The Hawks will also compete at the Lehigh Invitational on Lehigh's Goodman Campus on Saturday, April 26.

LAST TIME OUT – Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational: Recap | Results • Widener Invitational: Recap | Results
The Saint Joseph's women's track and field team competed at both Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational and the Widener Invitational last weekend. The Hawks saw a pair of top-ten performances in the triple jump and 4x1 at Princeton. Junior Gabriella Becattini led all individual Hawks with a 10th-place finish in the triple jump (11.39m) while the 4x1 of freshman Courtney Foster, sophomore Carly McGowan, freshman Katie Koss, and senior Mercedes Yanora took 10th in 48.83. That time is Saint Joseph's fastest 4x1 performance at this point in the outdoor season. At Widener, senior Lizzy Barrett (1500m), senior Mia Greer (400H), and sophomore Lauren Hehir (5k) won their individual events.

CURRENT EVENT LEADERS – Team Performance List
Freshman Courtney Foster owns SJU's top times in the 100, 200m, and 400m while sophomore Sara Radzwilka (800m) and seniors Lizzy Barrett (1500m), Emma Slattery (3k), and Erin Giampietro (5k, 10k) lead the distance events. Junior Georgia Mason (100H) and senior Mia Greer (400H) lead the squad in the hurdles while senior Erin James owns a team-best 3000S performance. Rookie Emely Ramirez boasts high-jump mark of 1.55m to lead the Hawks while juniors Kati Polaski and Gabriella Becattini lead in the long and triple jumps, respectively.

HAWKS IN THE ATLANTIC 10 – Conference Performance List
Senior Lizzy Barrett and junior Gabriella Becattini rank in the top five of the 1500m and triple jump, respectively, and senior Erin Giampietro owns top-ten spots in both the 5k and 10k to lead five Hawks who rank in the top ten of five different individual conference events. SJU's 4x1, 4x4, and 4x8 also own top-nine slots in league standings.

ECAC QUALIFIERS – ECAC Performance List
The 4x4 of freshmen Ashley Gerald and Courtney Foster and seniors Mercedes Yanora and Katie Pratt
ran the second fastest 4x4 in program history to qualify for ECACs in 3:48.34 on Saturday, April 5 at the 39th Annual Colonial Relays. Saint Joseph's fastest indoor 4x8 also qualifies for the 2014 ECAC Outdoor Championships.

HAWKS IN THE EASTERN REGION – East Outdoor Qualifying List
Senior Erin James leads all Hawks in eastern regional rankings as she sits 105th in the 3000m steeplechase (11:08.79).

HIGH-FLYING HAWKS
The Saint Joseph's women's track and field and cross country program recently celebrated its 2013-14 season with its annual awards banquet this past Sunday. Senior Katie Pratt highlighted the awards section with Most Valuable Performer and Best Teammate accolades, while senior Erin Giampietro (Most Improved), senior Jaclyn Kogut (Most Dedicated), and rookie Courtney Foster (Outstanding Freshman) also earned individual honors.

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