FAIRFAX, Va. – For the fifth consecutive conference meet, junior Claudine Andre placed second in the high jump as one of four total Hawks to earn individual medals as the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad placed eighth in a field of 13 teams at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, held at George Mason’s Field House this weekend. Propelled by a 13.5-point effort from its high jumpers and eight overall top-five finishes, SJU earned 50.5 points at the two-day meet.
On Sunday afternoon, Andre matched her season-best high jump mark of 1.70m to earn her fifth overall conference medal in the event and third straight on the indoor scene.
Emely Ramirez recorded an additional scoring performance in the event, as the senior high jumped for 1.65m to tie for third with VCU’s Christina Solomon. The result marked Ramirez's first scoring performance at a conference meet.
Senior Sarah Regnault placed third in the 1000m to earn the bronze, clocking in at 2:55.86. Regnault had owned the fourth-fastest time (2:56.98) entering Sunday’s finals and has now earned back-to-back conference medals in the event after winning the title last winter.
On Sunday afternoon, sophomore Nathaniela Bourdeau placed third to medal in the 60m, crossing the finish line in 7.72. In Saturday’s preliminaries, Bourdeau had matched her collegiate-best time (7.69) to own the fifth-fastest time of all qualifiers.
With her second consecutive sub-5:00 mile, junior Cassidy Weimer turned in a new collegiate-best time of 4:57.56 to earn a fourth-place finish in the field of 22 milers to kick off the scoring for the Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Saint Joseph’s 4x400m relay of sophomore Kelly Liebl, senior Angelena Minniti, senior Courtney Foster, and fifth-year senior Dannah Hayward finished fifth in 3:52.16. Prior to the relay, Hayward had placed fourth in the 500m finals (1:15.04), Foster had taken fifth in the 400m finals (56.73), and both Minniti (1:16.04) and Liebl (400m, 58.56) had earned eighth-place finishes in their respective open races.
A pair of rookies added to the scoring, as freshman Caroline Duffy turned in a sixth-place finish in the 200m (25.22) and freshman Emily Bracken improved upon her mile time for the fourth time this season to clock in at 5:01.21 for seventh, recording the fastest rookie performance.
Of note, both of Bourdeau's 60m times, both of Foster's 400m times, both of Minniti's 500m times, Hayward's 500m finals time, Regnault's 1000m finals time, Weimer's mile time, Andre's high jump mark, and the 4x400m relay time met ECAC qualification standards.
In addition to SJU’s scoring performances, in Saturday’s preliminaries, senior Kiersten Moylan placed 11th in the 800m with a collegiate-best time of 2:19.17, while sophomore Bridget McNierney led the Hawks in the 60m hurdles (9.28 PR) for 15th and added a 13th-place showing in the long jump finals with a mark of 5.09m. Senior June Chiango turned in SJU's top time in the 5000m finals (season-best 18:47.57) while SJU's Distance Medley Relay clocked in at 12:41.41.
On Sunday, senior Julia Jenkins raced to a 3k time of 10:19.33 while SJU's 4x800m relay crossed in 9:45.60.
Select Hawks still looking to qualify for ECACs will return to action at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational next Saturday, February 25, to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. The ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships will run from March 3-5 at Boston University.