Aug. 2, 2017
• Francophone Games Results
QUEENS, N.Y. – Rising standout senior Maya Stephens represented Canada at the 2017 Francophone Games last week in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which commemorating the eighth edition of this athletic and artistic festival.
Running in the 200-meter qualifying heat, Stephens finished with a time of 24.09 seconds, finishing just short of advancing to the finals, despite running the sixth fastest time in the race.
"We are very excited to see Maya run for Canada at the Francophone Games in the Ivory Coast” said Head Coach Jim Hurt. “It is a tremendous honor to run for one's country and takes terrific talent to be one of the top sprinters in Canada. Getting international experience at such a high level will be a big help for her senior year here at St. John's. We take great pride in all the great things Maya has accomplished."
Stephens, who hails from Toronto, Canada, is no stranger to international competition as she last competed for Canada at the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.
Stephens finished an outstanding junior campaign for the Red Storm after being named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and competing in the NCAA East Regional. She won three gold medals at the conference championships after anchoring the winning 4x100 relay, taking a victory in the 400-meter dash and leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200-meter dash.
“It was truly an eye opening, once in a lifetime experience and I'm so thankful I was able to attend and represent my country,” said Stephens.