BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Freshman Caroline Duffy won the 200m dash and SJU's Distance Medley Relay qualified for the ECAC Championships as the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad took home a fourth-place team finish with 73 points at the Lehigh Angry Birds Challenge on Saturday afternoon. Hosted by Lehigh University at the Rauch Field House, the meet saw Monmouth (173 points), Penn (160), Lehigh (119), and SJU compete.
Duffy won her first collegiate 200m in a time of 25.70 to claim the title in a field of 25 sprinters. Her first collegiate victory earned nine points for the Crimson and Gray.
Saint Joseph’s turned in a second-place finish in the Distance Medley Relay, as junior Caroline Keegan, senior Courtney Foster, senior Sarah Regnault, and junior Cassidy Weimer crossed the finish line in 12:11.42, just behind Monmouth, for seven points. The conversion time qualifies the group for ECACs in March.
Claudine Andre also earned a second-place finish as the junior tied for the runner-up spot in the high jump with a mark of 1.65m, good for seven points. Andre also placed 12th in the long jump (4.82m) for two additional points.
In her first collegiate 3000m, sophomore Lindsey Oremus placed third (10:28.95) in a field of 13 for six points.
Minniti (2:20.08 PR) and Hayward (2:20.19 PR) also placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the 800m field of 27 to combine for seven points for the Crimson and Gray.
A trio of Hawks additionally impacted SJU’s scoring as senior June Chiango earned five points in the 5000m (4th, 19:37.28), sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau took home four points in the 200m (5th, 26.34), and senior Emely Ramirez’s tie for fourth place in the high jump (1.60m) earned four more points.
In their first collegiate 400m races, the freshman duo of Tamar Bourdeau (1:01.73) and Sophia Recchilungo (1:02.02) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in a field of 17 to earn five points for the Crimson and Gray.
Sophomore Erin McGuire (21:11.16) added three points in the 5000m, freshmen Joanna DeSousa (5:39.66) and Abigail McGann (5:43.15 PR) placed 16th and 18th, respectively, in the mile to combine for three points, and freshman Emily Clayton (7.33m) and sophomore Jessica Knobloch (5.61m) combined for three points in the shot put.
Senior Maggie Malloy added a point with a collegiate-best performance in the 3000m (11:11.66) for 10th overall, while junior Aarynn Crawley (4.63m) earned a point with a 14th-place finish in the long jump.
Toland led five Hawks in the 60m hurdle preliminaries, checking in with a 10th-place showing in a season-best time of 9.58, her second-fastest collegiate time in the event and fastest since February of 2015.
In addition to scoring in the 200m, N. Bourdeau checked in with a time of 8.02 in the 60m dash preliminaries, good for ninth in a field of 20. Freshman Aliyah Stokes followed right behind in 10th (8.03).
Saint Joseph’s returns to action next Saturday, January 21 at both the Ursinus Collegeville Classic, set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at Ursinus’ Floy Lewis Bakes Center in Collegeville, Pa., and at the Penn 8 Team Select, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.