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Red Storm junior Stephanie Van Pelt previews the 2014 BIG EAST Cross Country Championship on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Northview Church in the Indianapolis, Ind., area.

Red Storm senior Chelsea Trant previews St. John's 2014 Van Cortlandt Park season debut at the 20th Annual Br. John "Paddy" Doyle/Iona College Meet of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 20. Trant, who missed the entire 2013 cross country season due to injury, also gives an update on her return to competition and takes a look back at the season-opening SJU-Hofstra Fall XC Festival on St. John's University's Oakdale, N.Y., campus.

Red Storm senior sprinter Shayna Presley previews St. John's track & field's trip to the NCAA Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. #SJUTF will compete in the 4x400-meter relay and the hammer throw at the preliminary East Regional. The Red Storm is traveling to the NCAA Championships for the 23rd consecutive year.

Rikka Lovely discusses her goals and what to look out for at BIG EAST Championships.

On Track: Coach Hurt Previews The ECAC Championships

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Head Coach Jim Hurt discusses what fans can expect at the ECAC Championships and the facility at the Boston University Armory.

On Track: Rikka Lovely

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Rikka Lovely Reacts To Her 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Award.

Rikka Lovely previews this weekend's BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
500-meter champion recaps the Met Championships for St. John's.

St. John's track & field athlete Stephanie Barnes shares her experience of attending the presidential inauguration.

 Natasha Amazan discusses the team's performance at the Bill Ward Invitational and her battling injury to win the shot put title.


Coach Jim Hurt discusses the 2012-13 Track & Field meets, the expectations of the team and the top venues to look forward to.

In The Community: St. John's Bread And Life

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Track & field stars and co-SAAC presidents Rikka Lovely and Stephanie Barnes talk about their day of service at St. John's Bread and Life.

Michelle Duffy discusses the STJ Fall Festival and looks ahead to the BIG EAST Championship at Van Cortlandt Park on Oct. 26.

Off The Track: Michelle Duffy Recaps Preseason Camp

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Michelle Duffy talks about the end of preseason camp, the upcoming cross country season and the expectations for her senior year.  
Over the past two weeks, NBC 4's Bruce Beck has encountered and written about various athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, but none seemed to have had the great effect on Beck that St. John's Olympic trio of Phobay Kutu-Akoi, Dagmara Wozniak and Daryl Homer did. Beck, a St. John's university alumnus himself, wrote a letter to St. John's school president Rev. Donald J. Harrington discussing the impact that St. John's athletes had on him during his time in London, and how much Red Storm pride he felt in knowing what kind of student-athletes Father Harrington and his University were producing.

Phobay Kutu-Akoi Olympic Photos

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Head track & field coach Jim Hurt talking about the St. Baldrick's fundraiser with NY-1.
Head track & field coach Jim Hurt gets his head shaved in support of the St. Baldrick's foundation.

St. John's Track & Field: Interview With Chanel King

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Senior thrower Chanel King talks about the team's BIG EAST performance and what the team expects to achieve going forward.

ST. JOHN'S TRACK & FIELD: Interview with Claire Mooney

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Freshman Claire Mooney speaks about her performance at the Meyo Invitational and the upcoming BIG EAST Championship.  Special thanks to field reporter Corrine Williams for the interview.

St. John's Nicole Cocozza talks about her personal-best performances in the mile run and the 1000 meters and her expectations for the remainder of the season.  

ST. JOHN'S TRACK & FIELD: Interview with Chanel King

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Priscila Frederick interviews senior thrower Chanel King who set a personal-best in the weight throw at the Long Island Championship.  Warning: brace yourself for the starting gun!
St. John's cross country takes third place at the Metropolitan Championships. Seniors Aryon Trujillo and Nicole Cocozza speak on the day's accomplishments and the upcoming Fall Festival.

STJ Track & Field: ECAC Championships

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Highlights from the 2011 ECAC Outdoor Championships. St. John's scored four All-EAST performers while the 2011 senior class ran for the Red Storm for the last time.

STJ Track & Field: BIG EAST Outdoors

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Highlights from the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships where the Red Storm recorded nine personal-best performances.

STJ Track & Field: Penn Relays 4x200 meters

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The Red Storm 4x200 squad of Molly Ellis, Rene Cousins, Vanessa Thompson and Corrine Williams put forth a fantastic effort in the historic Penn Relays on Friday afternoon.

STJ TRACK & FIELD: Disney Invitational

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The St. John's track & field team competed at the Disney Invitational in Orlando, Fla., on March 18-19.

Senior Priscilla Frederick recaps her championship indoor season and looks forward to redshirting in the outdoor season and training for the 2012 Olympics.

STJ Track & Field: ECAC Championships

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Highlights from the 2011 ECAC Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

STJ Track & Field: BIG EAST Indoor Championships

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Coach Jim Hurt takes us through the highlights of the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships in Akron, Ohio. Senior Priscilla Frederick won the high jump and sophomore Molly Ellis won the 400 meters.

STJ Track & Field: BIG EAST Championships Preview

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Coaches Blessing Egwu and Jim Hurt preview the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

STJ Track & Field: Meyo Invitational

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St. John's freshman Corrine Williams recaps last weekend's Meyo Invitational on the campus of Notre Dame.

STJ Track & Field: Metropolitan Championships

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St. John's wins the Indoor Metropolitan Championships in dramatic fashion, holding off Rutgers in the final relay of the meet. It was the Red Storm's first victory in the annual event since 1989.

STJ Track & Field: Millrose and Mets, Day 1

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The Red Storm 4x800-meter relay team of Sarah Sudbury, Kim Piard, Nicole Cocozza and Michelle Duffy placed fourth at the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

Junior Chanel King won the weight throw in the Metropolitan Championships for the second straight season, throwing a career-best distance of 17.30 meters in the opening round. She will throw in the Millrose Games on Friday afternoon before throwing the shot on Saturday at the Armory.

Senior Priscilla Frederick will compete in nine different events on Friday and Saturday. She starts with the pentathlon today at Manhattan College before competing on Saturday at the Armory.

STJ Track & Field: Gotham Cup

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Highlights and analysis from Head Coach Jim Hurt at Friday's NYC Gotham Cup at the Armory in Manhattan.

STJ Track & Field: Princeton Quad Meet

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Seniors Lauren Wynter and Rene Cousins break down the Red Storm's second-place finish at the Princeton Quad Meet on Friday night.

STJ Track & Field: Kim Piard

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Senior sprinter Kim Piard previews Friday's Princeton Invite, the Red Storm's first meet of 2011.

STJ Track & Field: Bill Ward Invitational

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Diana DeJesus, Vanessa Thompson, Michelle Duffy, Corrine Williams and head coach Jim Hurt talk about the season-opening meet.


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Senior Sarah Sudbury talks about the team's record-breaking performance at the ECAC Championships, as well as her last cross country race for the Red Storm.

STJ CROSS COUNTRY: NCAA Northeast Regionals

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Freshman Chelsea Trant finished first on the team with a new career-best time at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Saturday.


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Red Storm senior Sarah Sudbury and junior Aryon Trujillo recap the 2010 Fall Festival at Cunningham Park. St. John's finished first overall.

On The Run: Aryon Trujillo and Chelsea Trant

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Junior Aryon Trujillo and freshman Chelsea Trant talk about the team's performance at the Metropolitan Championships.

STJ Cross Country: Samantha Meyerhoff and Nicole Cocozza

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Juniors Samantha Meyerhoff and Nicole Cocozza talk about the C.W. Post Invite and St. John's second-place finish.

Cross Country In Chicago

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Samantha Meyerhoff and Angela Jarvela recap the Vincentian Cup Invitational hosted by DePaul in Chicago, Ill.

Fierce and Fabolous

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frederick.JPGHey guys, this Priscilla Frederick checking in. On Thursday I fly out to Des Moines, Iowa, for the USA Track & Field National Championships. This is one of the biggest track meets of the calendar year with people from all over the country that are in and out of college competing. I'm writing this on the night before the flight. I'm up packing for the meet because I'm awful at packing on time. I'm watching George Lopez to calm my nerves for the flight. The more I fly, the more I seem to hate flying.

I'm thinking about how I'm going to do, and about how my teammate Stephanie Barnes is going to do. I wonder if I'm going to live up to my name, and if I'm going to prove to everyone what I'm capable of doing. I know I can jump high and compete with the best of the best, but I still get a little nervous for big meets like this. I'm very glad that I have Stephanie with me this time around. It helps to have company.

Alright, I'm done packing and about to head to sleep. Ready for a flight to Iowa and ready to kick butt...Can't wait to see what the future holds for me! No matter what I'm focused and ready to be fierce and fabulous. Let the games begin!

Jumpin' At The NCAA's (Day 2)

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Here is my recap from the practice day (Tuesday) at the NCAA Championships. Be sure to follow me tonight live during the high jump finals.

I woke up to see the clouds were covering the sky, but it definitely didn't put a damper on my mood. Decided to get dressed and head out with Coach Hurt for a day in Eugene. It is Coach's wife's birthday on Saturday so we decided to look for her present at the 5th Street market place. It was beautiful, a delightful market, two stories high with so much to do and eat! They had stores for every age filled with things that were made here in Oregon. The shops were filled with a lot of people all moving about 10 paces slower than New Yorkers! We then finished up by going to the last store that coach wanted to see which was an art store. We browsed around and he found exactly what he was looking for. I looked around at all the beautiful pictures and found out that Oregon is one of the most incredible and breath-taking states I have visited. The landscape is jaw dropping.

We headed off to the track after that. I was ready to warm up and jump a little. I warmed up with my fellow competitor from Hawaii and we began to jump. It was exciting to see her and some of the other girls that I would be jumping against. We jumped 5 or 6 times and ended on a good note by clearing our practice jumps. By just going through my techniques on the actual facility, I definitely felt comfortable and confident going into the big day on Wednesday.

After practice, we had a great dinner with the UConn coach and then I went to watch the Lakers game. Derek Fisher was killing it. An episode of Glee ended the night on a fabulous note and headed to bed.

Make sure to follow me tonight during the high jump finals. The video will be streamed live online. I appreciate all the support from back home!

Jumpin' at the NCAA's

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This is Priscilla Frederick checking in from the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. I will be participating in the high jump finals on Wednesday night, but thought I would give everyone a few updates on my trip out here so far.

We flew into Portland on Sunday night. Our flight was delayed for two hours in New York, so we didn't touch down until 1:15 a.m. west coast time (that's 4:15 New York time!). I went right to bed once I got to the hotel.

I woke up at 8:30 and met up with Derby Carrillo (former soccer goalie at St. John's) who came to see me! We had breakfast and caught up on old times and what we're doing now. So glad he came to visit, such a great guy!

We then went to Nike Town in downtown Portland with Coach Hurt. It was very cool to see the original Nike Town and I bought a fierce jacket to add to my collection of fabulous track clothes!

Afterwards, Coach, Derby and I grabbed a nice lunch and talked about all the different things going on in college sports these days. We all had some interesting perspectives. After lunch, we said goodbye to Derby and drove to Eugene, Ore., also known as Track Town! We pulled up to the Holiday Inn and passed some of my friends from Seton Hall. It was nice to see familiar faces.

Last night, I was able to have dinner with some of Coach Hurt's friends from Oregon. We chatted about life, track, football and the old days. I talked to his friend's wife about Sex and the City, naturally. Afterwards it was back to the hotel to get some sleep and prepare for practice day in Oregon. Feeling fabulous and ready!

Check back here for updates throughout the week.

On The Run In Miami (April 12, 2010)

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Sophomore Chanel King talks about her BIG EAST-qualifying performance at the Miami Invitational on Saturday. Coach Hurt also brings down the track with events and looks forward to the Metropolitan Championships


On The Run

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Junior Kim Piard of the women's track team catches up with freshman triple jumper Stephanie Barnes in this edition of On The Run. The team will travel to Houston, Texas for the Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University


On The Run (Feb. 19, 2010)

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Junior Priscilla Frederick talks about the upcoming BIG EAST Championships on Saturday at the Armory.

On The Run (Feb. 6, 2010)

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Sophomore Aryon Trujillo talks about being honored as an Academic All Star at today's Red Storm basketball game at Madison Square Garden.

On The Run (Jan. 26, 2010)

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Track & field senior Sarah Fry talks about the indoor season thus far and the upcoming Metropolitan Championships. She set a new personal best in the 3,000-meter race last week by more than 30 seconds.


On the Run (Nov. 30, 2009)

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Senior Sarah Fry talks about the end of cross country season and the beginning of the indoor track season.

So the last time we checked in, we had a great race in the STJ Fall Festival here near campus. We had to deal with cold and rainy weather out in Wisconsin over Halloween weekend as we ran in the BIG EAST Championships. It was freezing which really took a toll on our times. Beside the weather, however, we all had a great time bonding with each other and used the trip to really come together.

The same thing happened the next week at Boston for the NCAA Northeast Regional. The top girl finished in 22 minutes which was really slow for a 6K. So the conditions really affected our times. It was like running in quick sand with all of the mud everywhere. Our shoes were always coming off. The craziest part was that the day before was really clear and dry. I'm amazed it got so wet just overnight. At one point, Sarah Sudbury slipped and slid into a tree. It was that bad.

That's definitely a part of cross country though. We run in conditions that other sports wouldn't dream competing in. It's what it makes it adventurous. And for me, it's the cold more so than the mud and rain that is challenging.

Our last race, the ECACs at Van Cortlandt Park, was perfect. It was warmer. I was so determined to finish well because it was my last cross country race ever. I was so happy to break my career-best time. Being my last cross country race, I wanted to leave it all out there.

I will be running the 3K this Friday at Fordham and the team is really excited to get the indoor season started. Our track team looks really good and there's a lot of excitement and anticipation.

On The Run - VIDEO (Sept. 8, 2009)

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Cross Country and Track & Field senior Sarah Fry has had quite a busy week. After starting classes, she helped lead St. John's to a team title at the Hofstra Invitational 5K on Saturday. Today, she learned how to make chicken stir fry and broccoli at the "Cooking Demos!" presentation.


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