UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Led by a pair of ECAC-qualifying performances from fifth-year senior Dannah Hayward and senior Angelena Minniti, the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad won the unseeded Distance Medley Relay and turned in two relay and three individual ECAC-qualifying performances at the Penn State National Open, held at PSU’s Ashenfelter III Indoor Track this past Friday through Saturday.
On Friday evening, Saint Joseph’s claimed the unseeded Distance Medley Relay title as junior Caroline Keegan (3:42.7), Minniti (57.8), senior Sarah Regnault (2:17.7), and junior Cassidy Weimer (5:02.8) crossed the finish line in 12:01.14. The Hawks finished an entire 16.93 seconds in front of runner-up Pittsburgh and qualified for the ECAC Championships with SJU’s fastest time of the season.
On Saturday evening, the Hawks' turned in a second-place finish in a field of nine in the 4x400m relay, as sophomore Kelly Liebl (58.52), Minniti (58.12), senior Courtney Foster (57.11), and Hayward (57.14) clocked in at a season-best, ECAC-qualifying time of 3:51.08, just over a second off from the school record. The group won its heat, edging out Binghamton by over an entire second.
Hayward also represented the Hawks with an ECAC-qualifying performance in the 500m invitational section of the program, crossing the finish line in a season-best 1:15.43, good for fourth overall.
Saint Joseph’s added a pair of ECAC-qualifying performances in the high jump as junior Claudine Andre matched her season-best mark (1.70m) and senior Emely Ramirez reached the 1.70m mark for the first time in her collegiate career. The duo placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
In addition to winning the relay title, the members of the DMR group turned in outstanding individual performances. In the 500m, Minniti placed third in a field of 16 with a collegiate-best time of 1:16.30, while Regnault added a third-place finish in the 1000m (2:57.14). Keegan added a fifth-place showing in the 1000m (3:01.16 PR) while Weimer again dropped her mile time with a collegiate-best 5:02.02 to win her heat and place seventh in an overall field of 20.
Foster additionally tied for fourth in a field of 10 in the 400m invitational section of the program, clocking in at season-best 56.93, while sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau placed ninth in the 200m invitational section of the program in a season-best 25.74. Bourdeau also turned in a season-best time in the 60m, clocking in at 7.86 for 18th in a preliminaries field of 29.
Additional top performances came from freshman Caroline Duffy, who took seventh in a field of 21 in the 200m (25.18), and Liebl, who placed seventh in a field of 17 in the 400m (57.89).
Senior Kiersten Moylan finished the 800m in a collegiate-best time of 2:19.17 to place 11th in a field of 18, sophomore Lindsey Oremus led a duo of Hawks in the 3k (10:21.11) for 12th overall, and senior Alexandra Fiesel led a trio of Hawks in the 5000m invitational section of the program, crossing the finish line of her first collegiate indoor 5k at 18:05.36 for 15th.
Saint Joseph's is back in action next Friday, February 3 through Saturday, February 4 at the Giegengack Invitational, set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday at Yale's Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn.