FAIRFAX, Va. – Junior Nathaniela Bourdeau defended her 100m and 200m outdoor titles with a pair of gold medals and smashed a pair of SJU records and senior Claudine Andre capped her collegiate conference career with gold in the high jump to lead the Saint Joseph's women's track and field squad to a seventh-place team finish in a field of 13 teams at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at George Mason Stadium this past Saturday and Sunday. The Hawks accumulated 60 points and medals in the 100m, 200m, high jump, and 4x100m relay.
The Hawks repeated on their seventh-place team finish from last year to match the program's highest finish at the A-10 outdoor meet since 2004.
Bourdeau simply dominated the competition this weekend with individual victories in the 100m and 200m.
The junior ran a season-best time of 12.01 to cruise by George Mason's Gjaudy John-Wallace (12.11) and Taylor Williams (12.12) and VCU's Alexis Willis (12.12) to claim her second outdoor 100m title in as many years.
She also ran a school-recordbreaking 200m time of 24.11 to fly by VCU's Taylor Watkins (24.13) and Candice James (24.14) to claim her second outdoor 200m title in as many years. Bourdeau broke the previous record, held by Jordan Teuber (2008) and Nicole McMullen (2009), by .12 seconds.
Those two victories combined gave the Hawks one-third of their point total for the meet.
Bourdeau added an anchor leg on the 4x100m relay of sophomore Caroline Duffy, junior Kelly Liebl, and sophomore Aliyah Stokes; the group crossed in a school-recordbreaking time of 46.63 for a third-place, six-point performance. The quartet broke the previous record - held by themselves - by .32 seconds.
Already one of the most decorated high jumpers to come through the Saint Joseph's women's track and field program, Andre finished her A-10 career in grand style by claiming the high jump title with an outdoor collegiate-best mark of 5' 8 3/4" (1.75m), reaching the mark for just the second time in her collegiate career. Andre claimed the title over VCU's Amiaya Carey (5' 7") for 10 Hawk points.
Andre also added a fifth-place, four-point showing in the long jump with a mark of 18' 6 1/2" (5.65m).
In addition to racing on the third-place 4x100m relay, Duffy added a pair of scoring performances out of the open sprint events. The sophomore ran 54.93 (54.41 PR, ECAC in prelims) for a fifth-place, four-point finish out of the 400m and 24.81 (ECAC 24.49 in prelims) for a seventh-place, two-point finish out of the 200m. Her pair of 400m performances were the only two sub-55.00 outdoor 400m performances in program history, as her 54.41 stands as the new school record in the event.
Senior Steph Toland ran a collegiate-best 400m hurdles time of 1:02.26, good for sixth place and three points as well as ECAC qualification.
The Hawks earned another three points out of its 4x800m relay of Weimer, sophomore Maggie Maguire, senior Lucy Harmon, and Bracken as the group put together the Hawks' fastest 4x8 of the season in 9:08.34; SJU's 4x400m relay finished ninth.
Also of note, in her first A-10 track and field championship meet, freshman Morgan Bower threw the javelin for 128' 1" (39.04m), which was good for ninth and just missed turning into a scoring performance by .51m.
Qualifying Hawks will head to the 2018 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Princeton University's Weaver Stadium this Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 13.
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