Cross Country Concludes Season At ECAC Championships|
Nov. 21, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – The 2013 cross country season will conclude for St. John’s this Saturday, Nov. 23 when head coach Jim Hurt’s young Red Storm squad competes at the ECAC Championships at famed Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.
Despite being hampered by a number of injuries to key members of the team, St. John’s has enjoyed the development of its large sophomore class this season. The Red Storm has sent an all-sophomore contingent to its last three meets, including the BIG EAST Conference Championship in Somers, Wis. on Nov. 2 and the NCAA Northeast Regional in Bronx, N.Y. on Nov. 15.
“We will be running sophomores Stephanie Van Pelt, Michelle Van Pelt and Veronica Thompson in the Coaches’ Association race at the ECAC's to see if they can post some personal bests over the Van Cortlandt Park 5k course,” said Hurt. “Our season has been short-circuited with a few key injuries but we will be returning a quality group for next year and are looking forward to a great indoor campaign.”
Saturday will mark the third time St. John’s competes at iconic Van Cortlandt Park this fall. The ECAC Coaches’ Association women’s race is scheduled to go off at 9:30 a.m.
Last season, the Red Storm put together one of its best performances at the 2012 ECAC Championships, marking a two spot improvement from the previous year in placing 12th in the team standings. Junior Chelsea Trant, who is redshirting this season, was the standout performer for St. John’s that day, placing 22nd overall in 19:12.1 for 5K to earn All-East honors.
Twin sisters Stephanie and Michelle Van Pelt are poised to make their second career appearances at the ECAC Championships after scoring in last year’s race. The pair posted personal bests in St. John’s last outing at the NCAA Northeast Regional, recording 6K times of 24:38.10 and 24:44.30, respectively, to best their previous seasonal bests set at this season’s conference championship meet.
Thompson, who missed last year’s ECAC Championships due to injury, has enjoyed a breakout season this fall, posting personal bests over 4K, 5K and 6K, including a two-minute 6K personal best at the BIG EAST Championship.
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