BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Junior captain Caroline Duffy claimed the 200m title in an ECAC-qualifying performance and senior captain Lindsey Oremus added a win in the 3000m to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the Angry Birds Challenge, held at Lehigh University's Rauch Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks placed fourth out of four teams, with 91 total points, in the field of Monmouth (183), Lehigh (160), and Fairleigh Dickinson (97).
Note: All times will be converted through TFRRS for track size.
Duffy flew through the 200m race in a season-best time of 25.24, good for first in the field of 24. The junior edged out Fairleigh Dickinson's Kylia Smith (25.47) in her heat for the victory, and the conversion time of 24.86 qualifies for the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in early March.
The win marks the fifth individual victory of Duffy's collegiate career and fourth in the 200m. It also marks the second time she has won the 200m race at the Lehigh Angry Birds Challenge (2017); she did not race the event at last year's meet (2018).
Oremus won the 3000m in 10:07.02, defeating senior veterans Christiana Rutkowski of Monmouth (10:08.76) and Stacie Nadel of Lehigh (10:12.54) en route to a first-place finish in a field of 12.
The senior has now raced the 3000m twice this indoor season and won both times. For her career, she has won three open races - all in the 3000m.
Duffy and Oremus combined to score 18 points, nine apiece, for the Crimson and Gray.
Senior captain Nathaniela Bourdeau also impressed in her open event, taking second in a 400m field of 22 in 58.02. Bourdeau won her heat and didn't have the opportunity to race against champion Shanice Watkins of Fairleigh Dickinson (57.81). Bourdeau's first indoor 400m race of her career (and third overall) earned seven points for SJU.
The Hawks also took home 12 points out of a pair of their relays as the 4x400m relay of junior Sophia Recchilungo, junior Tamar Bourdeau, senior captain Kelly Liebl, and junior Karley Hess crossed in 4:07.00 and the Distance Medley Relay of junior Emily Schaeffer, Duffy, junior Emily Bracken, and senior captain Lucy Harmon crossed in a season-best time of 12:30.44, both good for third-place finishes.
Bracken also led all Hawk milers with a fourth-place showing, crossing in a season-best time of 5:08.94 in a field of 25, while Harmon also led all Hawk 800m runners with an eighth-place showing, crossing in an indoor-best time of 2:22.22 in a field of 25. The distance duo combined for nine points.
Junior Emily Clayton turned in a pair of individual performances that totaled nine points, going for fifth in a field of 17 in the high jump (season-best 5' 1") and sixth in a field of 15 in the 60m hurdles (9.52).
Senior Britton Gagliardi (18:28.75) and junior Rose Barrett (indoor-best 18:57.49) combined for 11 points out of the 5000m, with fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, in a field of nine while junior Aliyah Stokes recorded five points out of the 60m, crossing in 7.95 for fourth in a field of 16 sprinters.
Also of note, junior Monica Higgins ran a nice PR out of the 800m, crossing just behind Harmon in 2:25.34.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at the Penn 8-Team Select next Saturday, January 19 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. The meet is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.