PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Caroline Raue and Elizabeth Edwards shattered their personal bests in the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters respectively, moving up the Division III national performance list, and the womens 4x100 and 4x400 relays ran their best times of the season in competition at the famed Penn Relays on Thursday.
Raue, who ranks eighth nationally in Division III in the steeplechase, ran 17:09.21, just seven seconds off Wendy Pavlus SLU record, in the 5000 and finished 19th in the field in the Olympic Development Womens 5K which featured both collegiate and club team runners. Her 5000 meter time will move her well into the top 10 nationally with the top 22 women in each event qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championship at the end of the spring season.
Edwards ran the eighth fastest 10,000 meters of the season among Division III runners and finished 10th overall in the College Womens 10,000 Championship Thursday night. She was the first Division III finisher in the race among three of 27 entrants with a time of 36:04.05. The Saint 4x400 relay will move into the top 25 nationally after running 3:58.01 and finishing fourth in a heat won by Fordham.
While the Saints did not advance to the finals, the time turned in by Jessica Marini, Hannah Kinsey, Marisa Turner and Carly Stine was best in program history and first sub-4:00 time. The top 16 teams in Division III qualify for the NCAA championship and the Saints are 2.4 seconds off the current 16th best time. The 4x100 team of Stine, Kinsey, Marini and Sydney Bell ran 50.67 and was among some fast company as the University of Houston won the heat in 45.85 with South Carolina second and Duke third. The Saints were eighth in the heat and 68th overall in the field.
In addition to running on the 4x400, Turner also competed in the high jump on Thursday and finished 16th with a jump of 1.60 meters.
Divya Biswal competed in the triple jump on Friday, but fouled in three attempts.
Freshman Nick Crawford of Ogdensburg neared the top 25 in Division III nationally and senior Jake Fredericks, also of Ogdensburg, also turned in a solid time in competition in the 400 meter hurdles at the Penn Relays on Friday.
Crawford finished 5th in his section with a time of 54.70 and was 34th overall, and Fredericks, running in the same heat, finished seventh in 56.14 and was 42nd overall. The top 20 times qualify for the NCAA championship and Crawford is fractions of a second out of a top-20 position.
The Saint 4x100 relay team of Adrian Wilson, Omaru Kabia, Potsdams Shawn Lillie and another Ogdensburg product in Andy Fisher finished 57th overall in 43.49 and were seventh in their heat which was won by Cornell and included Temple and Texas A&M. The 4x400 relay team of Fredericks, Chris Payton, Harrison Sloan and Crawford ran 3:24.57 and finished 57th overall and seventh in its heat.