STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Junior Lucy Harmon and senior Cassidy Weimer met ECAC qualification in individual and relay events to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the unscored 2018 Penn State National Open, held at Penn State University’s Ashenfelter III Indoor Track from Friday through Saturday.
Harmon went sub-3:00 for 1000m for the first time in her collegiate career en route to a second-place finish in a field of nine. The junior crossed in 2:55.61, an entire 11.50 seconds improved upon her previous collegiate-best time in the event. Harmon edged past Army’s Morgan Chewning-Kulick (2:56.55) and Cassie Mundekis (2:56.81) for the second-place finish to qualify for the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
Weimer dropped a 4:58.82 mile, her fastest of the season and third fastest of her career, to meet ECAC qualification in the event. The performance earned the senior fourth in her heat and 11th in an overall field of 14.
That same junior-senior duo bookended SJU’s fourth-place Distance Medley Relay, as Harmon (3:35.42), sophomore Caroline Duffy (58.10), graduate student Sydney Coughlin (2:16.87), and Weimer (5:05.64) recorded an ECAC-qualifying time of 11:56.02.
Individually, Duffy added an open 200m time of 25.04 to place seventh in a field of 10.
Nathaniela Bourdeau reached the semifinals of the 60m, finishing 11th in the field of 16 in 7.79; the junior had first posted a time of 7.84, good for 15th in a field of 35, to advance out of the preliminaries. Bourdeau also ran 25.34 for 200m to place ninth.
Claudine Andre went for 5’ 5” (1.65m) in the high jump and a season-best 17’ 11.5” (5.47m) in the long jump to place eighth and ninth, respectively; the senior won her flight in the long jump.
Also of note, junior Lindsey Oremus went 17:54.60 for her first collegiate indoor 5000m to place eighth in a field of 15 while the 4x400m relay of junior Bridget McNierney, junior Kelly Liebl, senior Steph Toland, and Duffy recorded SJU’s fastest time of the season in 3:53.29.
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Freshman Claire Podles won the 500m, sophomore Karley Hess turned in the fastest-collegiate 400m performance, and sophomore Aliyah Stokes scored twice to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the 2018 Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational, held at Monmouth University’s OceanFirst Bank Center on Saturday. The Hawks totaled 88.5 points, behind host-school Monmouth (206.5 points).
In her first collegiate 500m race, Podles won the individual title in a field of five long sprinters in 1:23.13 to earn seven points for the Crimson and Gray.
Hess cruised through the 400m in 1:01.19, finishing second in a field of 17. Hess finished only behind unattached Sophia Smellie to earn seven points with the top performance by a collegiate racer.
Stokes earned seven points out of a pair of sprint events, placing third in a field of 27 in the 60m (8.03) and eighth in a field of 35 in the 200m (27.03); in a field scattered with non-collegiate racers, Stokes turned in the fourth-fastest collegiate performance in the 200m.
Senior Alex Edger (500m, 1:23.54) and sophomore Samantha Mayers (800m, season-best 2:30.59) each placed second to earn five points apiece while sophomore Sophia Recchilungo (400m, 1:01.33), freshman Alexa Gostovich (800m, 2:30.80 PR), junior Sara Rankin (Mile, 5:22.29 PR), and sophomore Rose Barrett (3000m, 11:00.86) each placed third to score in their respective events.
Also of note, Emily Clayton scored in three different events for the Crimson and Gray; the sophomore tied for third in the high jump, matching a collegiate-best mark of 5’ 1” (1.55m) for 3.5 points, placed sixth in the 60m finals in 9.79 for three points, and placed sixth in her first collegiate 800m (2:37.68) for a point.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action with a pair of meets next Saturday, February 3. The Hawks will race the Frank Colden Invitational at Ursinus College’s Floy Lewis Bakes Center in Collegeville, Pa. beginning at 9:30 a.m. as well as the Villanova Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. beginning at 4:00 p.m.