STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Senior captain Nathaniela Bourdeau won the 200m title and just missed the 60m title to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad to a fourth-place team finish in a field of 10 at the Wagner College Invitational, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon. The Hawks totaled 74.5 points for the meet.
Bourdeau claimed the 200m title in a field of 26 sprinters in a season-best time of 24.97, taking her heat by nearly two seconds and defeating runner-up Janaya Lewis of St. Francis (N.Y.) by .90 seconds for the win. The performance marks Bourdeau's 15th individual win of her collegiate career and seventh in the 200m.
Earlier in the afternoon, Bourdeau placed second in the 60m, and it came down to milliseconds as she finished in 7.713 in comparison to Ashley Blackwell's 7.711, the winning time out of LIU Brooklyn. Bourdeau's time marks her second ECAC-qualifying performance of the season, but her time from the Fastrack Metro Season Opener (7.71) will remain her seed time for the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
For her two performances, Bourdeau earned 18 points for the Crimson and Gray - nearly a quarter of the Hawks' point total for the meet.
Senior Elaine Estes took home a second-place finish in the 3000m field of 26, covering the course in 10:16.85, while classmate Britton Gagliardi's 10:42.59 was good for fourth. The veteran pair combined for 13 points in the event.
Senior Sara Rankin led all Hawks in the 800m, crossing in 2:27.88 for third in a field of 39 in her season debut, and junior Michaela Urbach (2:29.58) finished sixth as the pair combined for nine points.
Junior Tamar Bourdeau also turned in a third-place finish, crossing the finish line of the 400m in 1:00.98 for six points.
Junior Aliyah Stokes joined N. Bourdeau in reaching the finals of the 60m, crossing in 7.89 for fourth place. Stokes had turned in a preliminaries time of 7.97 to win the seventh heat and own the sixth-fastest performance in the initial field of 44 sprinters en route to the eventual five points for the Crimson and Gray.
In her first mile race of the season, senior captain Lindsey Oremus crossed in 5:06.19 to place sixth in a field of 57. Fellow senior captain Lucy Harmon followed up in seventh (5:09.62) in her season debut while junior Emily Schaeffer destroyed her previous mile PR by over eight seconds, in 5:16.74 for 11th. Oremus and Harmon registered five points in the event.
Junior captain Caroline Duffy, who did not race open events but is expected to be back next weekend, T. Bourdeau, senior captain Kelly Liebl, and junior Sophia Recchilungo, who scored out of the 500m (1:19.97), placed fourth in the 4x400m relay in 4:04.20 for five points.
Junior Emily Clayton placed seventh in a field of eight in the 60m hurdle finals, crossing in 9.62. Clayton had clocked in with a preliminaries time of 9.55 to own the sixth-fastest time in the initial field of 14 to advance out.
Sophomore Tori Stembridge and Clayton both hit 5' 1" in the high jump, but Stembridge finished in a team-high tie for fourth in the event after hitting the first three marks on each of her first tries for 4.5 points; Clayton added three points.
Of note out of the non-scoring performances, junior Karley Hess led six Hawks in the 200m, crossing in 26.74 for a tie for eighth in a field of 45; the performance marked the second-fastest 200m time of her collegiate career.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at the Angry Birds Invitational next Saturday, January 12. Events are set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at Lehigh University's Rauch Fieldhouse.