PHILADELPHIA – Senior high jumper Claudine Andre was honored as the Most Valuable Performer for track and field while senior distance runner Cassidy Weimer was selected the Most Valuable Performer of the cross country squad at the 2017-18 team banquet held at the Doyle Banquet Hall at Campion Student Center on Sunday afternoon.
Andre took home the gold medal in the high jump at both the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championshiphs and the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this winter, breaking the program record in the event (5' 9 1/4") at A-10s. The Hawk captain also won the indoor high jump at the Wagner Invitational, Penn 8-Team Select, and Frank Colden Invitational, where she added wins in the 60m hurdles and long jump to earn the pentathlon title. In her second meet of the outdoor season, Andre won both the high jump and the long jump at the prestigious Colonial Relays. She was tabbed the A-10 Field Performer of the Week twice this year, once during the winter and once during the spring.
Weimer was SJU's top finisher at the A-10 Cross Country Championship (32nd), NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championship (46th), and ECAC Cross Country Championship (8th) and scored in all seven of her meets this fall. She also led SJU at the Princeton Invitational with a 22nd-place showing and helped the squad to the George Mason Invitational title as the third Hawk to cross the finish line. The Hawk captain was one of just three Hawks to run sub-18:30 for 5k and sub-22:00 for 6k.
Rookie javelin thrower Morgan Bower earned the honor of Most Outstanding Freshman for track and field while freshman Abigail Silva was tabbed the Most Outstanding Freshmen of the cross country squad. Bower, also a women's soccer standout on Hawk Hill, joined the squad for the spring season and set a new program record in the javelin (136' 11") in her collegiate debut. Silva led all SJU cross country rookies with six meets raced and posted the top 5k (19:09.9) and 6k (23:59.5) times among all SJU freshmen.
Senior captain Steph Toland and junior Elaine Estes shared the recognition of Most Improved Performer. Toland scored in both the 4x400m relay and Distance Medley Relay at the A-10 Indoor Championships and earned ECAC All-East Team honors in the indoor 4x400m relay while Estes set new collegiate-best 5k (19:00.0) and 6k (22:29.6) cross country PRs and scored in four meets on the trails before adding new indoor track and field PRs in the mile (5:12.33), 3000m (10:17.16), and 5000m (7:50.75).
In addition to earning cross country MVP honors, Weimer was also recognized as the Most Dedicated member of the program while senior captain Alex Edger earned the title of Best Teammate.
Saint Joseph's additionally celebrated the careers of its nine seniors as Andre, Weimer, Toland, Edger, Aarynn Crawley, captain Caroline Keegan, captain Rose O'Brien, Megan O'Dowd, and captain Sydney Coughlin were honored for their commitment and dedication to the program.
The Hawks will close out non-championship competition at the Penn Relays this Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 and at the Lehigh Games on Saturday, April 28 before heading to the Atlantic 10 Championships at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. (May 5-6).