BRONX, N.Y. – In her final collegiate cross country race, senior co-captain Cassidy Weimer ran the 5k in 18:10.8 to finish eighth in a field of 210 runners and to lead the Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad to a fifth-place team finish in a field of 25 teams at the 2017 ECAC Championship, held at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks, who totaled 199 points and an average 5k time of 18:45.48, finished only behind James Madison (60 points), Richmond (73), Temple (116), and Marist (162) in a much-expanded field this year.
Saint Joseph's has now earned a top-five finish at the ECAC Championship for three consecutive seasons.
Weimer and junior Lucy Harmon (15th) earned ECAC All-East honors for placing in the top 40.
Weimer edged out Siena's Sarah Forman and James Madison's Emily Murphy with her time of 18:10.8, her fastest 5k of the season and second-fastest of her entire collegiate career. Weimer, who led the Hawks in four of her seven meets this season and all three championship races, also earned All-East honors last year with an eighth-place finish.
Capping off a phenomenal junior campaign on the trails, Harmon destroyed her previous 5k PR (18:43.1) by 22.8 seconds to cross in 18:20.3, good for 15th overall in her second collegiate ECAC Championship. Harmon also finished as SJU's #2 runner last time out, at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.
Junior Lindsey Oremus (18:52.1) and sophomore Emily Bracken (19:11.7) placed 47th and 63rd, respectively, as SJU's #3 and #4 runners, while in her final collegiate cross country race, graduate student co-captain Sydney Coughlin placed 66th in 19:12.1 to round out the scoring for the Crimson and Gray.
Additionally, with 102 points, the Hawks placed fifth in a field of six teams in the ECAC Coaches Race. Freshman Alexa Gostovich placed ninth in a field of 71 runners with a time of 20:14.0, while senior Megan O'Dowd capped her collegiate cross country career with a 5k time of 22:00.0, good for 55th overall.
The meet officially closes the 2017 cross country season. The Hawks will open the 2017-18 indoor track and field season on Saturday, December 2 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, to be held at Haverford College's Alumni Field House in Haverford, Pa.