Personal Bests Highlight Third-Place Finish for St. John's Cross Country at LIU Post Invitational

Sept. 15, 2013 

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The St. John’s women’s cross country team posted a pair of top-10 finishes and placed its five scorers in the top-35 overall for the second consecutive year at the LIU Post Invitational on its way to a third-place finish out of 16 teams on Saturday, Sept. 14 in Brookville, N.Y.

A number of personal-best performances saw the Red Storm finish with a team score of 46, tied with second place Manhattan College, which won the tiebreaker when its sixth runner finished four places ahead of the sixth runner for St. John’s. Fordham University won the women’s race with a low score of 28.

"We showed great improvement in a week’s time as our whole team came focused to run hard,” said Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt. “Our runners established a team pack up front at the beginning of the race and were able to hang on together for much of the race. Kerri Butler and Michelle Duffy were able to crack the top-10 and strong races from Ashlin Conroy, Michelle Van Pelt and Stephanie Van Pelt got us on the podium. Veronica Thompson, Pariis Garcia, Tiffany Evanego and Jasmine Gomez all ran much improved races from a week ago so we are very excited about what we can do at the Iona Invite next week at Van Cortlandt Park."



The Red Storm’s top-5 was unchanged from its season opener at the SJU-Hofstra Fall XC Festival, with graduate student and captain Michelle Duffy leading the way and placing sixth overall in a personal best time of 18:50.04 for the 5K course. Sophomore Kerri Butler was the very next runner across the finish line behind Duffy, finishing seventh in 18:52.34, also a personal best.

Finishing 21st overall in another personal best of 19:39.69 was sophomore Ashlin Conroy, while classmate Michelle Van Pelt’s career-best run of 20:00.88 was good for 29th overall. Rounding out St. John’s scoring five was sophomore Stephanie Van Pelt, 34th in 20:10.93.

Sophomore Veronica Thompson cracked the top-50 overall in finishing 45th and sixth for the Red Storm in a personal-best time of 20:33.93, followed by classmates Pariis Garcia (54th/20:51.52), Tiffany Evanego (74th/21:39.74) and Jasmine Gomez (84th/22:05.45).

St. John’s scored 72 points to the claim the team title at the 2012 installment of the LIU Post Invitational, also placing its scoring five in the top-35 overall.

The Red Storm will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 21, when it makes its first trip of the season to famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. to take part in the Br. Doyle Meet of Champions hosted by Iona College.

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