Freshman Izzi Batt-Doyle earned All-ECAC honors thanks to her fourth-place finish on Saturday.
Nov. 22, 2014
BRONX, N.Y. – Another complete team effort and outstanding individual run by freshman Izzi Batt-Doyle saw the St. John’s cross country team conclude a successful 2014 campaign in fitting style at the 2014 ECAC DI Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y., on Saturday morning. Racing in the University 5K Race, the Red Storm finished 11th out of 18 teams with a team score of 288 points.
“I thought our ladies did an awesome job today,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “We finish the season on a very high note. Izzi Batt-Doyle finished top-4 which as a freshman at the ECACs is a tremendous accomplishment. Our whole group behind Izzi did an awesome job. We are very proud of the effort today and all season, and we look forward to a great indoor season.”
Batt-Doyle led St. John’s for the fifth time in a memorable freshman campaign, as the native of Adelaide, Australia ran with the leaders for the entirety of Saturday’s race before finishing fourth overall out of more than 170 competitors. Batt-Doyle crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 18:21.6 and her top-15 individual finish earned her a medal and All-ECAC honors. The freshman and talented track & field competitor recorded top-10 finishes in all three of the Red Storm’s 5K races in 2014.
Capping a fine season of her own on Saturday was junior Stephanie Van Pelt, who came within three seconds of her 5K personal best with a 23rd-place finish reached in 19:00.5. The Staten Island, N.Y., native finished first or second for St. John’s in every race this season. Twin sister Michelle Van Pelt was the third Red Storm runner across the finish line, placing 88th in 20:07.3, while classmates Kerri Butler and Veronica Thompson finished 102nd in 20:17.2 and 115th in 20:31.0, respectively, to round out St. John’s scoring five.
Despite missing the past month with an injury, senior Chelsea Trant returned to action on Saturday to cap an excellent Red Storm cross country career. The Niskayuna, N.Y., native placed 128th in 20:55.7 after earning All-ECAC honors in 2012. Behind Trant, freshman Melissa Hidalgo concluded her first season at St. John’s by recording a personal-best time of 22:20.1 to claim the 160th place, and the Red Storm effort was rounded out by junior Tiffany Evanego, who, despite losing a shoe mid-race, finished in 22:52.7.
The St. John’s track & field team will open its 2014-15 season at the Manhattan College Opener on Dec. 5.