HAVERFORD, Pa. – Senior captain Courtney Foster turned in the fastest 300m performance of all collegiate racers and second-fastest overall performance to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational, hosted by Villanova at Haverford College’s Alumni Field House on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks raced against La Salle, Villanova, Cheyney, Swarthmore and the Moore Elite Track Club in the unscored meet. 

Note: Preliminary times did not make ECAC qualification. This may be changed following conversions. 

In her first 300m race since December of 2014, Foster went sub-42.00 for the first time in her collegiate career to cross the finish line in 41.42. That time put her first in her heat and second overall in a field of 32 total competitors, finishing behind only Ije Iheoma of the Moore Elite Track Club. 

Saint Joseph’s 4x400m relay of freshman Caroline Duffy, senior Angelena Minniti, freshman Maggie Maguire, and fifth-year senior captain Dannah Hayward placed fourth in a field of nine groups, clocking in at 4:00.49.

Hayward additionally cruised to a 500m time of 1:17.91, good for third in a field of 11, while Duffy turned in the second-fastest performance by a freshman in the 300m, clocking in at 41.74 for sixth overall.

Minniti and fellow senior long sprinter Kiersten Moylan turned in strong, fourth-place showings in their respective individual events. Minniti destroyed her 800m PR, which previously stood at 2:29.02, by nearly seven seconds as the senior clocked in at 2:22.06, while Moylan finished her first collegiate 1000m in 3:09.27. 

Claudine Andre turned in a pair of team-best performances on the day. The junior placed third in a field of 14 in the long jump (5.31m) and won her heat in the 60m hurdles with a collegiate-best time of 9.33 for fifth overall. 

Freshman Aliyah Stokes led six Hawks in the 60m dash, recording her first collegiate time at 8.06 for a sixth-place finish in the field of 24. 

Senior captain Emely Ramirez, senior Katie Gross, and freshman Emily Clayton all posted team-best marks of 1.48m in the high jump.

Sophomore Jessica Knobloch competed in three events for the Hawks on Saturday to prepare for her indoor campaign in the pentathlon. Knobloch ran 48.97 for 300m, posted a high jump mark of 1.45m, and turned in a shot put distance of 6.55m.  

Saint Joseph's will return to action in the new year when the Hawks travel to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex for the Wagner Collegiate Invitational in Staten Island, N.Y. on Friday, January 6. 

MEET NOTES: Freshmen Tamar Bourdeau (60H, 9.76 and 300m, 43.23), Emily Clayton (60H, 10.03 and HJ, 1.48m), Caroline Duffy (300m, 41.74 and 4x400m Relay), Caroline Feola (60m, 8.67 and LJ, 4.21m), Karley Hess (500m, 1:21.97 and 4x400m Relay), Monica Higgins (300m, 45.20 and 4x400m Relay), Maggie Maguire (500m, 1:23.00 and 4x400m Relay), Samantha Mayers (800m, 2:34.52 and 4x400m Relay), Sophia Recchilungo (500m, 1:23.47 and 4x400m Relay), Samantha Spallanzani (60m, 8.46 and 300m, 45.87), and Aliyah Stokes (60m, 8.06 and 300m, 43.91) made their collegiate track and field debuts.