ECAC Championships Await Red Storm|
Nov. 17, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - For the final time this season, the St. John’s cross country team will take the starting line at the ECAC Championships from historic Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday.
About the ECAC Championships
The meet will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday as the Johnnies compete in their fourth-consecutive championship run during this season. It will mark the first 5K run for the Red Storm since the Metropolitan Championships, also at Van Cortlandt Park, in nearly a month.
The championships are broken down into two divisions: Champions and Coaches, with St. John’s running in the coaches division on Saturday.
St. John’s will send eight runners to the course on Saturday: Nicole McCarthy, Stephanie Gerland, Therese Gallagher, Jackie Gallagher, Eboni Birch, Melissa Greaves, Jasmine Burkett, and Torisha LaForce.
Unfortunately, the Johnnies will be without two of their top runners tomorrow as Melissa Hidalgo and Elizabeth Costantino are both out with injuries. Despite the injuries, St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt feels that his team will be able to compete hard due to the growth of the younger players.
“I think our sophomores and younger runners have been improving greatly,” said Hurt. “Nicole [McCarthy] has been improving like crazy over the last year, as well as both of the Gallagher twins.”
Last Time Out
In its third-consecutive championship run and penultimate race of the season, St. John’s battled both injuries and the elements at the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional at Audobon Golf Course in Amherst, N.Y last weekend.
Featuring 39 teams and 358 individual competitors, St. John’s sophomore Therese Gallagher led the way by scoring in the top half with a 24:16.8 finish. The time was good for a 170th place finish for the sophomore, who led the Johnnies for the second-consecutive week in the 6K event.
Finishing close behind was fellow sophomore Stephanie Gerland at 24:45.1 for a 195th place finish. Gerland got off to a great start in the opening mile to pace herself to a top-200 finish.
Junior Nicole McCarthy put together another solid performance, registering a 25:35.7 time to place as the third scorer for St. John’s. McCarthy dominated the final half of the race by rising up ten spots and posting an impressive final 3K split.
Rounding out the scoring for the Johnnies was another sophomore, Jackie Gallagher, who finished just behind McCarthy at a 25:39.0.
Another cool day looks to be in store for the Johnnies tomorrow at Van Cortlandt Park with temperatures in the low 40s and a slight breeze.
Hurt had this to say about the ECAC Championships, “We are hoping to finish up strong tomorrow and set some new personal bests. I think we have a chance to compete very well in the coaches division.”
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