May 7, 2007
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Saint Joseph's women's track squad took eighth place at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center in Charlotte, NC. The Hawks finished with 48.5 points, just one point behind seventh-place finisher Dayton. Charlotte, the defending champions, took first place once again, scoring 195 points. Charlotte's Shareese Woods was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer, while Fordham's Kerstin Greene was the Most Outstanding Field Performer. Heather Roush of Richmond was chosen as the Most Outstanding Rookie, and Charlotte's Bob Olesen was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.
Senior Erin Kelly produced a standout performance at the Championships for Saint Joseph's. In the 800m, she set a new personal record of 2:14.05 to take second place and earn All-Atlantic 10 Second Team honors. She also anchored the 4x800 relay squad that took third place with a season-best 9:10.53, which was 18 seconds faster than the squad's previous best mark of the season.
Kelly raced "with the tactical sense of a hardened veteran," said head coach Kevin Quinn. Quinn called Kelly's performance "a wonderful finish for a runner who worked hard."
The other SJU relays had a banner day as well. The 4x100 squad placed fourth with a school-record time of 47.33, .03 seconds ahead of the previous record set in 2004. The 4x400 qualified for the All-Conference Second Team as well, finishing in second place with a time of 3:49.30, which also broke a school record. All three squads turned in times that exceed ECAC qualification standards.
Junior Jordan Teuber turned in three top-10 finishes at the meet for the Hawks. She qualified for the finals of the 100m, then placed seventh with a personal-best time of 12.15. Teuber's 25.76 in the 200m was good for eighth place, while her mark of 36' 10" in the triple jump garnered ninth place.
Also running well and finishing in the points for SJU were freshman Caitlin McGrath (eighth in the 400m), senior Suzie McHenry (seventh in the 5,000m), senior Valerie Ramirez (seventh in the 100m hurdles), freshman Kristen Pierce (fifth in the 400m hurdles), sophomore Lauren Slack (sixth in the high jump), freshman Erin Vanderhoof (tied for seventh in the high jump), and freshman Nicole McMullen (fourth in the long jump).
Saint Joseph's Results
100m Preliminaries - Jordan Teuber, 12.26; Valerie Ramirez, 12.51
100m Finals - 7. Teuber, 12.15
200m - 8. Teuber, 25.76; Ramirez, 26.59
400m - 8. Caitlin McGrath, 57.30; Julie Lentz, 57.72; Kierstin Quinn, 1:00.04
800m - 2. Erin Kelly, 2:14.05; Rebecca Powell, 2:20.41, Renee Spangler, 2:23.80
1,500m - Andrea Florida, 4:53.46; Anna Cushing, 4:59.86; Caitlin Reusche, 5:02.44
5,000m - 7. Suzie McHenry, 17:52.14; Maddie Bell, 18:57.31; Adriene Beltz, 19:28.87
10,000m - Amy Rhein, DNF
100m Hurdles Preliminaries - Ramirez, 15.02; Lauren Slack, 15.65; Kristen Pierce, DNF
100m Hurdles Finals - 7. Ramirez, 15.00
400m Hurdles - 5. Pierce, 1:05.89; Morgan Matecki, 1:07.95; Skylar Rea, 1:08.86
High Jump - 6. Slack, 5-1; 7. Erin Vanderhoof, 5-1; Natalie Miller, NH
Long Jump - 4. Nicole McMullen, 17-11; Slack 15-9 ¼
Triple Jump - Teuber, 36-10, Miller, 34-2 ½; Beth Getty, 33-7 ¼
4x100 Relay - 4. SJU (Ramirez, Teuber, Lentz, McMullen), 47.33 - SJU Record
4x400 Relay - 2. SJU (McGrath, Guthridge, McMullen, Lentz), 3:49.30 - SJU Record
4x800 Relay - 3. SJU (Reusche, Cushing, Powell, Kelly), 9:10.53
1. Charlotte 195
2. Richmond 121.5
3. Rhode Island 121
4. Fordham 72
5. La Salle 68
6. Temple 62
7. Dayton 49.5
8. Saint Joseph's 48.5
9. Duquesne 46.5
10. Massachusetts 46
11. Xavier 22
12. Saint Louis 0