PHILADELPHIA - On Friday afternoon, Saint Joseph's 4x1500m Relay group of junior Lucy Harmon, sophomore Emily Bracken, senior Cassidy Weimer, and junior Lindsey Oremus broke SJU's 23-year-old record in the event to to highlight the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad's performances at the 2018 Penn Relays, held at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field this Thursday through Saturday. Of additional note, SJU's 4x200m relay qualified for Saturday's Eastern Finals.
Harmon (4:37.4), Bracken (4:32.3), Weimer (4:34.3), and Oremus (4:40.2) broke the 4x1500m record by over eight seconds (18:29.23) to place 10th in the Championship of America Invitational. The record was previously held by S. Yagielski, Patr. Gallagher, A. Foreman, and J. Rafferty (18:38.1), set in 1995.
On Thursday afternoon, the 4x100m relay of sophomore Caroline Duffy, junior Kelly Liebl, sophomore Aliyah Stokes, and junior Nathaniela Bourdeau crossed in 47.45 to advance out of the preliminaries with the 28th-fastest time in a field of 67. The time stands as the fastest 4x100m relay time of the season for the Crimson and Gray and stands as the new seed time for the upcoming ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
That same group went on to race the Eastern Finals on Friday afternoon, crossing in 47.77 for eighth.
On Thursday evening, the 4x400m relay of Bourdeau, Liebl, junior Karley Hess and Duffy recorded a time of 3:51.31 to place 31st in a field of 61 in the preliminary heats. The time stands as the fastest 4x400m relay time of the season for the Hawks, by over three seconds, as the group turned in SJU's first ECAC-qualifying performance in the event this spring.
Also on Thursday evening, Saint Joseph's Distance Medley Relay of Harmon (3:38.99), senior Steph Toland (58.38), graduate student Sydney Coughlin (2:20.55), and Weimer (4:59.44) crossed in 11:57.34 to place sixth in a field of 14 teams in the college division. The Hawks edged out Rider (11:58.55) and Boston College (11:59.36) for the top-six finish.
Saint Joseph's Sprint Medley Relay of Duffy, Bourdeau, Toland, and Bracken crossed in 4:03.24, taking down Maryland (4:03.42) in the process for 14th in a field of 23 in the Championship of America Invitational on Friday evening. The performance was just 4.42 seconds off from the current school record, held in part by Bourdeau and Duffy and set last spring.
SJU's 4x200m relay of sophomore Tamar Bourdeau, Hess, sophomore Sophia Recchilungo, and senior Rose O'Brien crossed in 1:46.00, good for 34th in a field of 42 in the preliminary heats, on Friday afternoon while SJU's 4x800m relay of Coughlin (2:24.20), sophomore Maggie Maguire (2:23.48), freshman Abigail Silva (2:23.03), and junior Sara Rankin (2:25.74) crossed in a season-best time of 9:36.43 for 13th in the college field of 15 on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday evening, freshman shot put standout Morgan Bower threw for 128' 9" (39.26m) on her first attempt, good for 20th in a field of 28 in the college division.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Junior Elaine Estes won the 5000m to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad at the unscored Lehigh Games, hosted at Lehigh University's Goodman Track and Field Complex on Saturday.
Estes crossed her 5k race in 18:21.03 to claim the title in a field of 13, defeating Loyola's Christina Daniels by over eight seconds.
Sophomore Joanna DeSousa chipped in a third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:42.86.
Saint Joseph's heads to the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships next Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. Line-ups will be made available in the upcoming week at SJUHawks.com.