STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The trio of senior high jumper Claudine Andre, junior sprinter Nathaniela Bourdeau, and sophomore sprinter Caroline Duffy turned in outstanding performances to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad to a fourth-place team finish in a field of eight squads at the Penn 8-Team Select, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Saturday evening. The Hawks accumulated 39 points, edging out St. John’s (38 points) for the fourth-place slot.
Andre won the high jump with an ECAC-qualifying height of 5’ 7” (1.70m), hitting her season-best mark for the second consecutive weekend. That performance alone earned over a quarter of SJU’s total points for the meet.
The senior had tied for first in the high jump at the same facility two weekends ago for the Wagner College Invitational with a mark of 5’ 5” (1.65m).
Andre also posted a collegiate-best time in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 9.13 to earn sixth-place in the finals; she had gone 9.20 in the preliminaries of the event to own the seventh-fastest time in a field of 24.
Bourdeau took home 10 points of her own for the Crimson and Gray with a third-place finish in a field of 50 in the 200m (season-best 25.04) and a fourth-place showing in a field of 26 in the 60m (7.75); the junior had posted an ECAC-qualifying time of 7.72 in the 60m preliminaries to own the fourth-fastest time in a field of 26.
Bourdeau’s season-best, 60m time of 7.69, set at the same facility two weekends ago for the Wagner College Invitational, remains her seed time for the 2018 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
Earning points from individual and relay events, Duffy contributed 14 total points for the Crimson and Gray.
In just her second collegiate indoor open 400m and first in over a year, Duffy placed second in a field of 26, clocking in with an ECAC-qualifying time of 56.68. The sophomore won her heat by over two seconds and did not have the opportunity to run against Stony Brook’s Amanda Stead, who won her heat (56.65) en route to claiming the individual title.
In addition to her eight-point individual performance, Duffy also led off the 4x400m relay that included sophomore Karley Hess, senior Steph Toland, and junior Kelly Liebl. The group recorded a time of 3:58.46 to cross in third in a field of 13 for six points.
Rounding out the Hawks’ scoring performances, senior Cassidy Weimer placed fifth in a field of 22 in her first collegiate indoor 3000m (10:05.80 PR) and sophomore Emily Clayton earned fifth in a field of eight in the high jump (5’ 1” PR) to earn two points apiece.
Of note, junior Lucy Harmon once again improved on her mile, crossing in a collegiate-best time of 5:00.65 to win her section en route to a ninth-place finish in a field of 41. Just two weekends ago at the same facility for the Wagner College Invitational, Harmon had turned in a time of 5:08.22, crushing her previous mile PR by over 17 seconds. Harmon has now improved upon her mile PR as it stood entering the indoor season by over 25 seconds.
Also of note out of the non-scoring performances, sophomore Emily Bracken ran her first collegiate indoor open 800m in 2:16.16 to place seventh in a field of 31.
The Hawks will compete at two different meets next weekend as SJU heads to the Penn State National Open at Penn State University’s Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in University Park, Pa. from Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 27 as well as the Monmouth Winter Invitational at Monmouth University’s OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, N.J. on Saturday, January 27. The Penn State National Open is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, while the start time for the Monmouth Winter Invitational is TBA.