July 9, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Once again shining on the international stage, Maya Stephens captured a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
“We are extremely proud of Maya’s performance at the Canadian Championships and congratulate her and Coach Pompey for all their hard work during the past year,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “They have been a winning combination.”
Competing at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in the nation’s capital, the senior looked to improve on a 20th-place finish at last season’s events.
Stephens became the youngest qualifier for the 400-meter final with a 53.71 time during Friday’s preliminary stage and was slotted in the eighth lane.
In the final, the Toronto native ran a 53.83 mark to place sixth, finishing less than a second behind a pair of competitors who represented Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Stephens closes out a terrific senior campaign and Red Storm career after reaching the podium in all five of her 400-meter dash attempts, including three victories this past season. Stephens was also selected to the All-BIG EAST Outdoor Team in each of her four years at St. John’s. The senior also represented St. John’s at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Regional in Tampa, Fla. where she reached the quarterfinals in the 400-meter dash for the second-consecutive season.