BOSTON – In a Saint Joseph’s record-breaking time of 54.96, senior standout Courtney Foster dominated her competition to become SJU's first ECAC indoor 400m champion in program history at the 2017 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday afternoon. The meet was held at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center this weekend and saw the Hawks medal in both the 400m and Distance Medley Relay, break program records in the 400m, Distance Medley Relay, and 4x400m relay, and add a scoring performance in the high jump as SJU tied for 10th in a field of 44 teams with 22 points.
Turning in the first sub-55.00 400m time in program history and the only one of the race, Foster broke her previous school record (56.16) by an astounding 1.20 seconds. Foster had raced to a then-school-record time of 55.42 in Saturday's preliminaries, which ranked fifth heading into Sunday's finals.
In addition to becoming SJU's first ECAC indoor 400m champion in program history, Foster is the first Hawk to ever turn in a top-eight, scoring performance in the event. She becomes just the fourth ECAC indoor champion in program history and the first in 26 years, joining Elaine McGillian (1500m, '86) and Donna Crumety (HJ, '89, '91). Additionally, she becomes SJU's first ECAC indoor champion in a sprint event.
Saint Joseph's Distance Medley Relay of freshman Emily Bracken (3:37.81), senior Angelena Minniti (55.98), senior Sarah Regnault (2:11.78), and junior Cassidy Weimer (4:56.90) flew to a new program-record time of 11:42.58 to take home SJU's first ECAC medal in the event in program history. The performance bettered the previous school record - set by Lauren Hehir '16, Foster, Regnault, and Sydney Coughlin '17 at the 2016 ECAC Championships - by 2.19 seconds. Additionally, Regnault is now a two-time All-East selection in the event after racing the third leg of the seventh-place DMR last year.
A day before winning the 400m gold, Foster had raced the third leg (57.68) of the 4x400m relay of sophomore leadoff leg Kelly Liebl (57.42), second leg Minniti (56.68), and senior anchor Dannah Hayward (56.10); the group broke the school record in 3:47.87. The performance bettered the previous school record - set by Katie Koss '17, Ashley Gerald '17, Hayward and Foster at the 2015 ECAC Championships - by 1.28 seconds and was good for 16th overall.
Junior Claudine Andre tied for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.68m to take home her second All-East honor in a row after a fifth-place finish last year.
In Saturday’s 60m trials, sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau finished 16th (7.74) in the field of 27 to earn a spot in the semi-finals run. Bourdeau went on to clock in at 7.76 for a 14th-place finish.
Freshman Caroline Duffy (25.00 PR) and Bourdeau (25.36) placed 22nd and 26th in the 200m preliminaries, while Hayward (1:14.78) and Minniti (1:15.42) turned in 13th- and 17th-place finishes, respectively, in the 500m in Saturday’s preliminaries.
In her final collegiate indoor 1000m, Regnault ran a collegiate-best time of 2:53.67 for 11th overall while Bracken (5:01.84) and Weimer (5:05.09) took 28th and 30th, respectively, in the mile.
Senior Emely Ramirez hit a high jump mark of 1.64m to place 11th.
Saint Joseph’s 4x800m relay of senior Kiersten Moylan (2:16.45), freshman Michaela Urbach (2:22.39), junior Caroline Keegan (2:21.57), and sophomore Sara Rankin (2:26.44) went 9:26.94 for 18th overall.
The meet concludes the 2017 indoor track and field season for the Crimson and Gray. Saint Joseph’s opens the outdoor track and field campaign on Saturday, March 25 at the 22nd Annual Monmouth Season Opener, to be held at Kessler Field in West Long Branch, N.J.