QUEENS, N.Y. - After a three-week hiatus, the St. John's women's cross country team will return to action to compete in its first championship meet of the season at the 2013 Metropolitan Championships at famed Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, N.Y., this Friday Oct. 11.
The Red Storm last competed on Sept. 21 and placed 18th at the highly competitive Iona Meet of Champions, also staged at iconic Van Cortland Park.
"We are looking forward to the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Friday to measure our progress thus far this season," said St. John's head coach Jim Hurt. "Our young team has worked hard over the past few weeks and anticipates being challenged by the best teams in the New York City area. We will need our best team effort to meet that challenge."
Slowed by some early season injuries, the Red Storm placed seventh at last year's Metropolitan Championships. Sophomore Stephanie Van Pelt will be St. John's highest returning finisher from last year when she completed the 5K course in 20:54.95 and finished in 59th place.
Captain Michelle Duffy, who missed last year's meet due to injury, placed 26th at the 2011 installment of the "Mets," posting a time of 19:21 to help St. John's clinch third place overall. Duffy, who has finished as the Red Storm's top finisher twice so far this season, set a new 5K personal record of 18:52.34 back on Sept. 14 at the LIU Post Invitational.
Sophomore Kerri Butler, who also missed last year's Metropolitan Championships due to injury, also set a new 5K personal best at the LIU Post Invitational, leading the Red Storm with a fifth-place finish and a time of 18:50.04.
Classmates Ashlin Conroy
, Veronica Thompson
and Michelle Van Pelt
will be making their second-career appearances at the Metropolitan Championships after competing at the meet as freshman.
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