UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior captain Elaine Estes won the 5000m and senior captain Lindsey Oremus anchored the third-place DMR and accomplished a 3000m feat that hadn't been done by a Hawk in the last six years to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the unscored Penn State National Invitational, held at PSU's Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Friday and Saturday.
Estes won the 5000m on Friday evening, crossing in a collegiate-best time of 17:22.38 to defeat runner-up Kathryn Hearhart of Maryland by over 10 seconds. After trailing Gearhart for the first 3000m, Estes passed her in the final 2000m and never looked back.
The time, a new PR by over 28 seconds, met the ECAC standard by over five seconds to qualify the senior for the upcoming ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in early March. It also marks her second collegiate win in the event.
Saint Joseph’s Distance Medley Relay placed third, keyed by junior Emily Bracken, junior Caroline Duffy, sophomore Abigail Silva, and Oremus. The group crossed in 12:01.20 to edge out Vermont (12:03.70) in the next lane over by 2.5 seconds.
The performance set a season-best DMR time for the Hawks by over 29 seconds and earned SJU ECAC qualification in the event.
Duffy also went 25.29 for 200m to place ninth in a field of 26 while Bracken (2:17.85, first 800m race of the season) and Silva (2:22.49) went 15th and 21st, respectively, in the 800m field of 24.
For the first time in her collegiate career, Oremus saw ‘9’ in front when she crossed the finish line of the 3000m as the senior captain went sub-10:00 for the first time, crossing in 9:59.49 for 11th in a competitive field of 14 racers. The performance marked the first sub-10:00 indoor 3000m by a Hawk since Emma Slattery ran for 9:57.10 in 2013.
Junior Emily Schaeffer again bested her PR in the mile, this time going 5:05.67 for 13th in a field of 18; Schaeffer had just set her newest PR of 5:16.74 just three weekends back in her season debut at the Wagner College Invitational (Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex) and crushed that PR this weekend.
Juniors Karley Hess (1:00.49) and Sophia Recchilungo (season-best 1:00.55) went 17th and 18th, respectively, in a 400m field of 22 while junior Monica Higgins ran her first collegiate 600m in 1:37.54 to win her heat en route to a fourth-place overall finish in a field of eight.
In her first 1000m race of the season, senior captain Lucy Harmon crossed in 3:00.31, good for 13th in a field of 19.
Also of note, junior Morgan Camerlo made her Division I track and field debut with a sixth-place showing in the 5000m, crossing in 18:17.82, over four seconds faster than her lifetime-best time in the event.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action next Saturday at both the Villanova University Wildcat Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. and the Ursinus College Frank Colden Invitational at the Floy Lewis Bakes Center in Collegeville, Pa.