Three Red Storm sophomores will race in Coaches' Association 5K race.
Friday's Regional meet serves as the qualifier for the NCAA Championship.
Red Storm places 10th in Somers, Wis. behind trio of top-7 nationally ranked opponents.
Seven sophomores on trip to Kenosha, Wis., to compete against conference foes in 6K championship.
Stephanie Van Pelt leads Red Storm effort for the first time this season in Providence, R.I.
BIG EAST Cross Country Championship
As A Sophomore (2013): Accomplished career-best times at the 4K, 5K and 6K distances ... opened the campaign at the SJU-Hofstra Fall XC Festival (Sept. 7) by running a personal-best 4K time of 17:31.32 to place 53rd overall ... posted a personal-best time of 20:33.93 for 5K in a 44th-place finish at the LIU Post Invitational (Sept. 15)... crossed the finish line in a career-best 6K time of 25.16.0 to place 60th overall at the BIG EAST Championship in Somers, Wis. (Nov. 2).
As A Freshman (2012): Selected to the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team ... opened her St. John's career by placing 42nd at the C.W. Post Invite in a time of 20:56 for 5K (Sept. 15) ... ran a time 21:53 for 5K at the Metropolitan Championships (Oct. 5) ... placed sixth for the Red Storm and 17th overall at the STJ XC Fall Festival in a time of 16:45 for 4K (Oct. 14) ... covered the 6K course at her first BIG EAST Championships in 25:51 (Oct. 26).
At Brecksville Broadview: Lettered four seasons in track & field and three seasons in cross country ... captained the track & field team her senior year ... selected as the conference MVP for 2012 after winning conference championships in the 200 and 400-meters and the 4x400-meter relay ... finished 2012 as the number four ranked competitor in the 400-meters ... member of the 4x400-meter relay that finished second in the state and the 4x800-meter relay that placed fourth in the state for 2012 ... contributed to the track & field teams that finished as the 2010 and 2011 conference champions ... achieved team co-MVP honors for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons ... honored as the Mentor Invitational Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 2010.
Personal: Daughter of Diane and Scott Thompson ... has three siblings, Chris (16), Claire (8) and Nick (6) ... enjoys reading, people watching and long walks on the beach ... majoring in biology with an emphasis on biological research ... chose to come to St. John's because of the balance between academic and athletic opportunity and to experience New York City ... recruited by the Brown, Hillsdale College, Northeastern, Ithaca and Utica College ... warms up for every meet by shadow boxing ... served as the student coordinator of Science DZ, a community service project that brings high-school students to elementary school classrooms to teach science lessons ... recounts tapping batons with Destinee Gause, the most winning female track athlete in Ohio history, with 200 meters to go in the 4x400 state finals ... nicknamed Roni.
Off the Track