PHILADELPHIA – Senior Jaclyn Kogut won the 800m and junior Georgia Mason broke her own school record in the 60H as the Saint Joseph's women's track and field team opened the 2013-14 indoor season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational on Saturday, December 7. The meet was hosted by Villanova at Haverford College's Alumni Field House. The Hawks accumulated 32 points to take home a second-place team finish on the afternoon. Villanova was the meet champion with 74 points.
Kogut won her event in 2:20.14, nearly five seconds before the event's second-place finisher. The senior captain took the top spot out of 13 competitors.
After battling injuries last season, Mason came back to dominate in today's season-opener, breaking her own school record in the 60H in 8.82. The time was good for a second-place finish.
"I was both excited and nervous," said Mason of her first race this season. "I really wasn't sure what to expect. I just wanted to finish strong without hurting myself since I've been injured for so long. I'm excited for what's going to come later on in the year.
The versatile Kayla Charles competed in three events on the day, including the 60H. The junior posted a third-place finish in the event in 9.10. Charles also finished second in the high jump (1.55m) and took the 10th slot in the long jump (5.12m).
"The hurdles just felt great," said Charles. "Georgia [Mason], myself, and Emely [Ramirez] felt so much stronger during practice so we knew we would be great, so that turned out well. High jump was definitely a surprise. I was just doing it to get ready for the pentathlon in the middle of the season. Getting all of the events in was great. It felt good to be back."
Junior Kati Polaski earned the silver in the long jump in 5.45m, followed by classmate Gabriella Becattini in third with a PR mark of 5.35m. Becattini set yet another PR in the triple jump, posting a mark of 11.20m for fourth place.
Joining Charles in the high jump were a trio of freshmen in Rachel Kline (1.52m), Katie Gross (1.49m), and Emely Ramirez (1.43m). The rookies placed third, fourth, and sixth, respectively, in their collegiate debuts.
Three SJU 4x400m relays placed in the top ten of the event, led by the second-place group effort of freshman Courtney Foster, sophomore Jenna DeAngelo, freshman Ashley Gerald, and senior Mercedes Yanora. The quartet finished second in 4:04.59.
In addition to running the leadoff leg of the second-place 4x4, Foster made a mark in her rookie debut as she led all Hawks in the 60m (8.26) and 300m (42.37).
DeAngelo improved upon her freshman PR in the 500m by 1:55 to take third in the event in 1:20.80. Fellow sophomore Alana Whitmarsh finished fifth in 1:21.27, setting a new PR by over three seconds.
Senior Lizzy Barrett and junior Marina Rufo rounded out SJU's runners who took top-five spots on the afternoon. Barrett ran her first career indoor 5k in 17:51.35, good for fourth. Rufo took fifth in the 800m in 2:28.94.
The Hawks return to action at the Princeton 4-Way Meet on Friday, January 10. The meet will be hosted by Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. and will be held at the Jadwin Gymnasium.