PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Emily Bracken won the 1500m to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad at the unscored 2018 Larry Ellis Invitational, held at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium this Friday through Saturday. A trio of Hawks hit ECAC standards on the mweekend.
Bracken dropped a collegiate-best, ECAC-qualifying 1500m time of 4:33.95 to win the title in a field of 39. The sophomore defeated runner-up Megan Brawner of CCSU by over two seconds. The win marks Bracken’s second individual victory of her collegiate career and first in the 1500m.
Senior Claudine Andre hit the ECAC-qualifying high jump mark of 5’ 7” for the second time this season to tie for second in a field of 18.
Sophomore Caroline Duffy went sub-56.00 for the open 400m for the first time in her collegiate career to cross in an ECAC-qualifying 55.52. The performance was good for second in a field of 36; Duffy finished first in her section and did not have the opportunity to race event winner Emilie Cowan of UMass Amherst (54.79).
Duffy added a season-best 200m time of 24.76 to place 10th in a field of 39 to just miss scoring, by one spot, and qualifying for ECACs in the event.
Junior Lindsey Oremus flew through the 3000m in a collegiate-best time of 10:02.47, besting her previous time in the event this season by over 22 seconds, while classmate Elaine Estes dropped a 5000m time of 17:50.00, a collegiate-best outdoor 5k time by over an entire minute and 15 seconds. Both performances came in fields of 14.
Junior sprinter Nathaniela Bourdeau added strong performances out of the sprints, running 12.36 for 100m (14th/40) and a season-best 24.76 for 200m (11th/39).
CHESTER, Pa. – Junior distance runner Britton Gagliardi and sophomore long sprinter Tamar Bourdeau combined for a majority of the Hawks’ points to lead the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad to a 17th-place finish in a field of 23 teams at the 2018 Widener Invitational, held at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium this Friday through Saturday. The Hawks accumulated 10 points on the weekend.
Gagliardi ran a collegiate-best outdoor 5000m time of 18:17.69 to place fourth in a field of 73. The performance was good for five points as the junior improved upon her time from last year’s Widener Invitational by over 20 seconds.
Bourdeau earned four points out of the 400m with a sixth-place finish in a field of 70, crossing in 59.34 for the first sub-1:00 open 400m of her collegiate career.
Junior Karley Hess added another point out of the 400m, crossing in 59.84 for ninth.
Bourdeau (26.29 PR) and Hess (26.73 PR) also turned in SJU’s top performances in the 200m, crossing in 12th and 20th, respectively.
Of note, Estes turned around to run the 1500m at Widener on Saturday after running a gutsy 5k at Princeton on Friday night; she led six Hawks in the event with a collegiate-best time of 5:00.19, good for 16th in a field of 76.
The Hawks will celebrate the 2017-18 with their annual team banquet this Sunday, April 22.
Saint Joseph's will return to competition at the Penn Relays this Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. Select Hawks will also race the Lehigh Games at Lehigh University's Goodman Track and Field Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, April 28.