PHILADELPHIA – Freshman standout Caroline Duffy ran legs on three program-recordbreaking relays to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the Penn Relays, held at Franklin Field this past Thursday through Saturday. By Saturday evening, the Hawks broke records in the 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, and Sprint Medley Relay and turned in five ECAC-qualifying performances in the 4x100m relay twice, 4x400m relay twice, and 400m hurdles.
On Friday afternoon, the group of freshman Aliyah Stokes, Duffy, sophomore Kelly Liebl, and sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau ran the first sub-47.00 4x100m relay in Saint Joseph's program history to cross in 46.95, breaking the previous school record (47.33) – set by V. Ramirez, J. Teuber, J. Lentz, and N. McMullen in 2007 – by .38 seconds. Running out of the 'ECAC' race, the quartet placed fifth in the field of seven.
The group had come close to accomplishing the feat the day prior in the 4x1 heats, when Stokes, Duffy, Liebl, and Bourdeau recorded a time of 47.40, which ranked 34th in the overall field of 75.
On Saturday evening, the 4x400m relay of Duffy, senior Angelena Minniti, senior Courtney Foster, and fifth-year senior Dannah Hayward crossed in 3:45.41, crushing the previous school record (3:47.31) – set by Foster, A. Gerald, C. McGowan, and Hayward in 2015 – by nearly two entire seconds. Running out of the 'ECAC' race, the quartet placed fifth in the field of seven.
During the preliminary heats, the 4x4 of Duffy, Minniti, junior Steph Toland, and Hayward finished in a then-season-best time of 3:50.76 for 31st in the field of 68 on Thursday evening.
On Friday evening, the group of N. Bourdeau, Duffy, Foster, and senior Sarah Regnault ran the first sub-4:00 Sprint Medley Relay in Saint Joseph's program history to cross in 3:59.00, breaking the previous school record (4:04.54) - set by Foster, K. Koss, J. Kogut, and K. Pratt in 2014 - by 5.54 seconds. The group placed 17th in a field of 27 in the Championship of American Invitational portion of the program.
Saint Joseph's was also represented in the 4x200m relay, 4x800m relay, and Distance Medley Relay.
On Friday afternoon, the 4x2 of Stokes, N. Bourdeau, freshman Karley Hess, and senior Katie Koss crossed at 1:45.18 for 35th in a field of 42. The 4x8 of junior Cassidy Weimer (2:17.64), junior Caroline Keegan (2:17.80), freshman Maggie Maguire (2:27.85), and senior Kiersten Moylan (2:22.37) crossed in 9:25.64 for 15th on Saturday evening while the DMR of Keegan (3:40.88), Foster (55.89), Regnault (2:13.88), and Weimer (4:58.09) clocked in at 11:48.72 to place 11th out of 20 teams in the college division on Thursday afternoon.
Five Hawks competed in individual events on Thursday's opening day.
On Thursday morning, Hayward clocked in with an ECAC-qualifying time of 1:02.22 to place 33rd in a field of 53 in the 400m hurdles. Toland crossed the finish line in 1:04.91.
Junior Claudine Andre and senior Emely Ramirez both turned in high jump marks of 1.67m in the morning as Andre tied for fifth in the field of 31 and Ramirez, with a new season-high mark, tied for sixth.
In the Penn Relays Distance Night on Thursday evening, senior Julia Jenkins went for for 11:32.88 in the 3000m steeplechase.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Elaine Estes placed third in the 5000m (19:14.89), sophomore Bridget McNierney earned third in the long jump (5.36m), and freshman Joanna DeSousa took third in the 3000m steeplechase (12:42.54) while freshman Sophia Recchilungo (400m, 59.61) and sophomore Lindsey Oremus (1500m, 4:49.70) turned in fourth-place finishes in their respective events at the unscored Lehigh Games on Saturday.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships next Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. The meet will be hosted by UMass at the Track and Field Complex in Amherst, Mass.