Michelle Van Pelt
Freshman earns All-ECAC honors thanks to fourth-place finish reached in personal-best time.
St. John's finishes 31st out of 40 teams at qualifier for 2014 NCAA Championship.
Junior Stephanie Van Pelt leads St. John's with 32nd-place individual finish.
13 Red Storm teams represented on all-conference list.
Red Storm hosts Bill Ward Track & Field Meet on Dec. 6 to open the track & field season.
As a Junior (2014): Recorded top-100 finishes in all three of the Red Storm’s 5K races… began the season by placing 17th overall at the season-opening SJU-Hofstra Fall XC Festival (Sept. 7) in a time of 20:43.3 for 5K… finished fourth among St. John’s runners at the BIG EAST Championship (Oct. 31) running a time of 24:42.4 in 6K for 77th place overall … competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional (Nov. 14) and ran a career-best time of 24:05.81 in 6K … finished the season as the third Red Storm runner to cross the finish line at the ECAC Championships (Nov. 22) with a time of 20:07.3 in 5K for 88th place overall.
As A Sophomore (2013): Competed in every race of the season ... set a personal-best time of 20:00.88 for 5K at the LIU Post Invitational in a 28th-place finish (Sept. 15) ... placed 10th overall in the Coaches' Association 5K race at the ECAC Championships (Nov. 23) in a time of 20:54.4 in the last race of the season ... placed 41st in a career-best time of 17:05.66 for 4K at the season-opening SJU-Hofstra Fall XC Festival (Sept. 7) ... recorded a 6K time of 25:02.0 in placing 61st at the BIG EAST Championship (Nov. 2) in Somers, Wis.
As A Freshman (2012-13): Selected to the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team ... Cross Country - opened her St. John's career by covering the 5K course at the C.W. Post Invite in 21:46 (Sept. 15) ... finished sixth for the Red Storm at the Metropolitan Championships in a time of 22:21 for 5K (Oct. 5) ... placed 21st overall at the STJ XC Fall Festival in a time of 17:06 for 4K (Oct. 14) ... recorded a time of 25:56 for 6K at her first BIG EAST Championships (Oct. 26) ... set a personal best time of 23:54.0 for 6K at the NCAA Northeast Regional (Nov. 9), shaving over a minute from her time at the BIG EAST Championships.
At Notre Dame Academy: Lettered four years in track & field ... competed in the 100, 200, 400 and 800-meter races ... member of the 2011 Staten Island Cross Country Championship team ... recorded personal-best times of 1:00 in the 400-meters, 13.0 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 27.0 seconds in the 200-meters ... played two seasons of varsity soccer.
Personal: Daughter of Linda and Charles Van Pelt ... has two siblings, Michael and Stephanie, who also runs track & field for St. John's ... inducted into the National Honor Society ... volunteered with the NYC Marathon, CYO track & field, Polar Plunge and CYO soccer organizations ... chose St. John's for the opportunity to compete in the BIG EAST and stay close to home.
Off the Track
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Food: Chicken Parmigiana
Favorite Book: "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer
Favorite Song: "Michelle" by The Beatles