Cherokee alums are having a big day at the ECAC Championships at Boston University. We’ll get to Sarah Robbie and her 800 PR later, but for now we’ll focus on Robbie’s former Cherokee High School teammate, Courtney Foster.
Foster, a senior at St. Joe’s, ran an indoor-outdoor personal-best 54.96 to win the ECAC 400-meter dash title Sunday. Foster broke her own indoor school record of 55.42 set Saturday in the trials and surpassed her outdoor school record of 55.03, which she set at George Mason last spring.
Before Saturday, Foster’s indoor PR was 56.16, set on the same track at the same meet last year.
In Sunday’s final Foster out-raced Liberty freshman Tanner Ealum, who was second in 55.10.
Foster is the Hawks’ first ECAC individual champion in 26 years, since Donna Crumety won the triple jump in 1991. The last St. Joe’s runner to win an ECAC title was Elaine McGillian, who won the 1,500 in 1986.
In addition to now holding the St. Joe’s indoor and outdoor 400 records, Foster is on the Hawks’ school-record teams in the 4-by-400 and distance medley indoors and 4-by-4 and sprint medley outdoors.
Foster was a two-time Burlington County Open 400 champ at Cherokee, where she had a PR of 56.11 from a fifth-place at the 2013 Meet of Champions. She was Meet of Champions indoor runner-up in 2013 with an indoor high school PR of 57.37 behind Olivia Baker of Columbia’s 54.72. She was also a South Jersey Group 4 champ at 200 meters.