Sophomore Quartet Competes At NCAA Northeast Regional|
Nov. 15, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – A quartet of sophomores represented the St. John’s women’s cross country team at the NCAA Northeast Regional at famed Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y., on Friday morning, as Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt’s young squad continued to gain valuable experience in some of the biggest meets across the country.
Friday’s NCAA Northeast Regional, which featured five teams ranked in the top-25, was one of nine regional meets across the country that served as a qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 23. Second-ranked Providence won the women’s race with a score of 44, with No.12 Dartmouth claiming second and the final NCAA Championship automatic bid with a score of 84.
Leading the way for St. John’s at the regional meet were twin sisters Stephanie Van Pelt and Michelle Van Pelt, marking the first time this season that the siblings have finished 1-2 for the Red Storm. Both posted seasonal bests for the 6K distance, as Stephanie crossed the finish line in 24:38.10 and Michelle finished not far behind in 24:44.30. The pair’s previous seasonal bests were posted at the BIG EAST Championship in Somers, Wis., on Nov. 2, with Stephanie breaking the tape in 25:11 and Michelle in 25:20.
St. John’s will close out its season at the ECAC Cross Country Championship on Nov. 23 back at Van Cortlandt Park.
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