Oct. 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A shorthanded St. John’s cross country team placed sixth at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I. on Friday, Oct. 18 in the Red Storm’s final dressed rehearsal before a trio of November championship meets.
Competing without a pair of regular scorers in captain Michelle Duffy and sophomore Ashlin Conroy, St. John’s fielded six sophomores and tallied 170 points. Host Brown scored 22 points to win the six-team meet.
“Our sophomore group placed four runners within 29 seconds of each other, so our team running is showing signs of improvement each week,” said Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt. “We need to get Michelle Duffy and Ashlin Conroy back healthy for the BIG EAST Championships to see what our team is truly capable of doing.”
Despite the absence of leader and pacemaker of sorts Duffy, St. John’s once again executed its pack running strategy, placing its top four runners within five places of each other. For the first time this season, Stephanie Van Pelt broke the tape first for the Red Storm, placing 30th in a time of 20:15.4 for the 5K course. Not far behind, Kerri Butler crossed the finish line in 20:25.9 for 33rd place, while Michelle Van Pelt finished 34th in 20:28.8 and Veronica Thompson placed 35th in 20:44.5. Friday marked the first time this season that Michelle Van Pelt finished in the top-3 for St. John’s.
Rounding out the Red Storm scorers and placing in the top-5 for the first time this season was Tiffany Evanego
, 38th in 22:15.1. Jasmine Gomez
also competed for St. John’s, posting a time of 22:50.1.
The Red Storm will use the next three weeks to rest up before traveling to Kenosha, Wis. on Nov. 2 for the 2013 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships.