April 4, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's junior Samantha Meyerhoff took fourth place with a time of 1:26.39 in the MORE/Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon, held in Manhattan on Sunday, April 3.
The event was an emotional one for Samantha Meyerhoff who was running in memory of her sister, Sally Meyerhoff, who tragically died in a car accident last month. Sally Meyerhoff won the 2010 Half-Marathon and was an active member in the New York Road Runners club, winning four races in 2010.
"Running and wearing pink was a symbol for how much I love Sally," said Samantha Meyerhoff. "She was the reason that I started running. I wanted to run it for her and not actually race it, but the fact that I did so well shows how much all of her advice and encouragement always affected me. It was an incredible outpouring of support by all of the runners and spectators."
Many of the runners, including Meyerhoff, wore pink to honor and remember their former colleague. Members of the St. John's track & field team also came out to support Meyerhoff on a sunny morning in Manhattan's Central Park.
Meyerhoff's time of 1:26.39 was tops among all competitors in her age group and fourth overall among the 7,494 runners that competed in the race.
St. John's will continue the spring season next Saturday, April 9, with a meet at Rutgers. The program will then host the annual Monday Meeting on April 11 at DaSilva Memorial Track.