Stephens Places 20th at Canadian National Championships; Van Pelt Races at Renowned TrackTown New York Meet|
July 10, 2017
Stephens wrapped up an exciting weekend competing against some of the best runners in North America as she raced at the Canadian National Championships in Ottawa. On Thursday night, school record holder and former Johnnie standout Van Pelt ran at the prestigious TrackTown New York meet at Ichan Stadium on ESPN.
Sprinting for the Speed Academy, the Toronto native and rising Red Storm senior showed she is one of the top runners in the entire nation, placing 20th in the 200m event with a time of 24.78.
"We are very proud of Maya's accomplishment at the Canadian National Championships this weekend in Ottawa," St. John's head coach Jim Hurt said. "Being one of the top 20 sprinters in all of Canada is a great achievement and caps a tremendous season for Maya. Having team members compete in their national championship is very gratifying and we take great pride in all their hard work to make it happen. We are looking forward to what Maya's senior year will bring in 2017-18."
Named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in May, Stephens wrapped up an outstanding junior campaign at St. John's with a 24th place showing in the 400-meter dash during her first NCAA East Regional. She won three gold medals at the conference championships after anchoring the winning 4x100 relay, grabbing a victory in the 400-meter dash and leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200-meter dash.
Van Pelt, a former All-American who owns multiple indoor and outdoor St. John's records and runs professionally with the HOKA NJNY Track Club, was chosen to compete in the 800m and 1500m races against some of America's best mid-distance runners. Van Pelt paced the first 300m of the 800 where the top-three runners ran under 2:01. The Staten Island native then returned to pace the first 700m of the 1500m.
"It was great to see Stephanie pace both the 800m and 1500m at the Tracktown event at Ichan Stadium. Running with the top mid-distance runners in the U.S. is a great experience and to see one of our own play such an important role is very gratifying," Hurt added. "Stephanie has worked hard to get to the professional level and having her run in front of a national ESPN audience is great representation for St. John's and our program."