Hawks Set Three New Personal Records During a Day of Strong Competition
Feb. 3-4, 2006
NEW HAVEN, CT - Saint Joseph's had some notable successes and all around good performances Friday and Saturday at the Giegengack Invitational at Yale University. Although there was no team scoring at the event, the Hawks earned a number of top finishes throughout the day.
Among the Hawk highlights was the return to form of freshman Natalie Miller in the high jump. Miller had opened the season with an indoor personal best of 5'5" but soon slipped down to the 5'1" range. Coach Kevin Quinn said some good approach work put Miller on the right track. Miller went on to impress several observers as she regained 5'5" and took second place Friday.
Junior Rebecca Powell showed good fitness, just missing the ECAC qualifying standard at 1,000M, as she took third place with a time of 2:58.25. Running a solid tactical race, Powell showed a hard driving finish over the last 200m to complete her strong effort.
Senior Andria Smythe enjoyed a busy weekend as has become her usual. Smythe placed third in the 60 M Dash (7.73 ECAC/Q), seventh in the Long Jump (17'9 ¾") and eighth in the 200 M (25.86). Smythe has enjoyed a tremendous career on Hawk Hill thus far and will be a challenger for several titles at the Atlantic 10 Championships next weekend.
Two more personal bests were set during the day, this time in the distance races. Junior Suzanne McHenry was just short of ECAC qualification with her new personal best time of 10:04.46 in the 3,000M. The time was a ten second improvement on her previous best and placed her sixth in the event. Classmate Maddie Bell also set a new personal best as she posted a 10:46.88 in the 3,000M.
The 4x400 suffered from the illness of Thuy Nguyen and Lauren Wallace but still managed a sixth place and a competitive time of 3:56.09. The team is expected to meet ECAC qualifications before season end.
The Hawks return to action this Friday February 10th at the Rider-Lafayette Invitational in New York starting at 6:00pm. The Atlantic 10 Championships are set for the following weekend, Saturday February 18th and will be held at the University of Rhode Island.