AMHERST, Mass. – Led by its sixth-place 4x400m relay, the Saint Joseph’s women’s track and field squad placed 13th at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. Held at UMass’ Track and Field Complex, the Hawks totaled 6.5 points from five SJU scoring performances and scored all three of its relays.
SJU’s 4x400m relay of junior Tamar Bourdeau, junior Karley Hess, junior captain Caroline Duffy, and senior captain Bridget McNierney crossed in 3:49.50, good for a sixth-place, three-point performance as the group finished first in its heat. That ECAC-qualifying time stands as SJU’s fastest 4x400m relay of the season.
The Hawks earned eighth-place finishes in their other two relays, as SJU’s 4x100m relay of junior Aliyah Stokes, Duffy, senior captain Kelly Liebl, and Bourdeau crossed in an ECAC-qualifying time of 47.81 and SJU’s 4x800m relay of junior Monica Higgins, junior Emily Bracken, sophomore Claire Podles, and senior captain Lucy Harmon finished in a season-best time of 9:22.85.
Individually, senior Lindsey Oremus earned her first collegiate A-10 scoring performance in an open event, crossing the 1500m in a collegiate-best time of 4:35.46 for eighth in the field of 41. The captain just missed meeting ECAC qualification in the event by 1.22 seconds.
Sophomore Tori Stembridge rounded out the scoring with a tie for eighth place in the high jump, recording a mark of 4’ 11”.
There were numerous additional notable performances outside of SJU’s scoring group.
In the sprints, Stokes led the Hawks in the 100m (13th, 12.43) and 200m (13th, 25.22) while Bourdeau led SJU in the 400m with a PR (14th, 57.23). Higgins improved upon her 800m PR by nearly two seconds (19th, 2:16.27) while McNierney placed 11th in the 400m hurdles (1:03.05).
Out of the distance events, sophomore Thi Nguyen ran a collegiate-best time in the 5000m (22nd, 18:10.11) while senior captain Elaine Estes dazzled in the 10,000m (12th, 36:28.13), improving upon her PR by over 39 seconds for ECAC qualification.
Of note, Duffy and senior captain Nathaniela Bourdeau, the two-time defending champion in both the 100m and 200m, were hampered due to injury for this meet.
Qualifying Hawks will race at the 2019 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this upcoming Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 12 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.