AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Lizzy Barrett claimed the bronze medal in the 1500m to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field team at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The Hawks accumulated 16 points for 11th place. The two-day meet was held at the University of Massachusetts from Saturday, May 3 through Sunday, May 4 at the UMass Track and Field Complex.
Barrett concluded a phenomenal Atlantic 10 career by capturing the bronze medal in the 1500m on Sunday morning. The senior crossed the finish line in 4:31.90 to post a new personal-record in the event and to earn her first ever medal in an individual event at an A-10 Championship. The third-place finish earned six points for the Crimson and Gray.
Barrett then went on to run the second leg of the 4x8 that took fourth place for five additional SJU points on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Lauren Hehir ran the first leg while seniors Jaclyn Kogut and Katie Pratt ran the third and anchor legs, respectively, for the fourth-place finish in 9:04.31. That time stands as Saint Joseph's fastest 4x8 of the season and will stand as the group's seed time heading into the upcoming ECAC Outdoor Championships.
Saint Joseph's saw an additional five points come from its 4x4 of freshman Ashley Gerald, freshman Katie Koss, senior Mercedes Yanora, and freshman Courtney Foster. The group checked in with a fourth-place finish in 3:49.21, SJU's second-fastest 4x4 performance of the outdoor season.
SJU's third relay, the 4x1 of Foster, sophomore Carly McGowan, Koss, and Yanora also raced to a 10th-place finish in the event on Sunday morning in 49.59. In addition to running legs of both the 4x4 and 4x1 on Sunday, Foster and Gerald also recorded SJU's top times in the preliminaries of their respective sprint events on Saturday. Foster checked in with a 13th-place showing in the 200m (25.19) while Gerald took 15th in the 400m (57.52 PR). McGowan placed 20th in the 100m (13.10 PR).
Seniors Erin Giampietro and Erin James led all Hawks on Saturday with ninth-place finishes in their respective distance events. Giampietro improved upon her previous 10k PR by nearly 50 seconds to clock in at 37:29.14 and to qualify for the upcoming ECAC Outdoor Championships. James raced through the 3000m steeplechase in 11:01.05 to lead a trio of Hawks in the event.
Pratt and junior Georgia Mason placed 11th and 10th, respectively, in the preliminaries of their respective events on Saturday. Pratt posted a performance to remember as the senior took over four seconds off of her PR to run the 800m in 2:12.25. Mason raced to a personal-record time of 14.67 in the 100H as the junior just missed qualifying for the event's final heat by .04 seconds.
Junior Gabriella Becattini led all SJU jumpers with a ninth-place finish in the triple jump on Sunday afternoon. Becattini boasted a mark of 11.30m. The Hawks also took home a pair of 11th-place finishes in the jumps on Saturday. Junior Kati Polaski long jumped for 5.28m while freshman Rachel Kline recorded a high jump mark of 1.55m to tie for 11th.
Redshirt senior Maureen O'Donnell led the Hawks in the 5k on Sunday with a time of 17:58.78, good for 13th overall. Representing the Crimson and Gray in the 400m hurdles, senior Mia Greer placed 14th in 1:07.13 on Saturday.
Members of the squad will return to action next Monday, May 12 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore College. The Hawks will now prepare for the 2014 ECAC Outdoor Championships scheduled for May 16-18 in Princeton, N.J.
COMPLETE SJU RESULTS
100m: Carly McGowan
20th (Preliminaries) – McGowan, 13.10
100M Hurdles: Georgia Mason
10th (Preliminaries) – Mason, 14.67
400M Hurdles: Mia Greer
14th (Preliminaries) – Greer, 1:07.13
Long Jump: Kati Polaski
11th – Polaski, 5.28m
Triple Jump: Gabriella Becattini
9th – Becattini, 11.30m
This release has been corrected to show the correct members of the 4x8.