DURHAM, NC (4/5/02) - The Saint Joseph's women's track team traveled to Durhm, NC, to take part in the Duke Invitational. Despite the chilly temperatures, the Hawks fared well against squads from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Richmond, South Carolina, Northeastern, Georgetown, Boston, North Carolina as well as the host Blue Devils. Senior captain Denise Fergus led the way for SJU placing 16th in the 5000 meter event with a time of 17:39.03, a personal best. Bernadette Speer, who is suffering from a partial tear in her patellar tendon, made her outdoor debut by placing fifth in the high jump (5'5 3/4). A pair of sophomores had strong outings as Amy Manwaring placed 23rd in the 5000 (18:06.84) while Karen Weber finished close behind (24th) with a time of 18:08.83. Junior Maisha Tyler, who is battling a strong case of the flu, competed in the long jump recording a leap of 16'10 1/2". Tyler was able to come through for the Hawks, anchoring the school record breaking 4x100 relay team with a time of 48.76 seconds. Other contributors in the relay included Brooke Gilliford, Colleen Ladden and Mary Korfmacher. The Hawks next compete on Saturday, April 13, when they travel to the University of Virginia. The 13th is the birthdate of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of UVA.