CHESTER, Pa. – Paced by four individual victories and a relay title that turned in 50 combined points, the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad took home a third-place team finish in a field of 27 squads at the Widener Invitational, held at Widener University’s Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium on Saturday. The Hawks totaled 95 points on the day to finish behind only TCNJ (100.5 points) and Johns Hopkins (99 points) for the meet, which was shortened to just Saturday competition (Friday was scratched) due to weather.

Junior Aliyah Stokes took home a trio of top-three finishes. The sprinter won the 200m in a field of 85 (25.21 PR) for 10 points and placed third in the 100m field of 65 (12.31 PR) for eight points. Additionally, Stokes led off the second-place 4x100m relay that included senior captains Bridget McNierney, Kelly Liebl, and Nathaniela Bourdeau (ECAC-qualifying 47.60).

Junior Karley Hess, junior captain Caroline Duffy, junior Tamar Bourdeau, and McNierney won the 4x400m relay (3:52.89).

Duffy also won the 400m in a field of 65 in a season-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 56.16 while McNierney also won the 400m hurdles in a collegiate-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 1:02.69, claiming the top spot in the 28-member field for her first collegiate victory in the event.

Sophomore Alexa Gostovich won her first collegiate 3000m steeplechase (12:02.89 PR) in a field of 16 while sophomore Thi Nguyen took second in the 5000m field of 52 (18:20.03) and sophomore Tori Stembridge high jumped for 5’ 1” for third place in a field of 16.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Four Hawk competed across the 800m and 1500m at the unscored Larry Ellis Invitational, held at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon, which was shortened to a one-day competition (Friday was scratched) due to weather.

Junior Monica Higgins led a trio of 800m Hawks, flying to a new 800m PR (2:18.16) for 18th in a field of 38 while junior Emily Schaeffer crushed her 1500m PR (4:52.02).


Saint Joseph's returns to action at the Penn Relays this upcoming Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27 at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. The Hawks will also race the Carol and John Covert Classic at Lehigh University's Goodman Track and Field Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, April 27.