Red Storm track and field continues to shine

Batte-Doyle wins both 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter events at University of Miami

Keisha Raymond, Staff Writer

The St. John’s women’s track and field team had an impressive day at the University of Miami Alumni Invitational in Coral Gables this past Saturday.

Freshman runner Izzi Batt-Doyle shined in her second outing of the outdoor season. She was victorious in both the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter runs. Both of Batt-Doyle’s run times now supplant her in the top three  all time on the program performance list. Batt-Doyle started the afternoon by beating a field of fifteen runners in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.88, which is the third-fastest time in school history.

Batt-Doyle won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:50.62. She became the second-fastest member in the outdoor 3,000-meter run in Red Storm’s history and she is five seconds away from the school record that was set in 1999.

“I was pleased with our full team effort as we had quality performances in all events,” head coach Jim Hurt said. “Izzi looked great in her two wins and now has won her opening race in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. We have some things to tweak the next few weeks, but we will be a strong team as we move toward the championship meets.”

Junior Stephanie Van Pelt was the runner-up in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:34.10, which was the fourth-fastest time in the history of the program.

In the 800-meter run the Johnnies had three runners finish in the top 10. Freshman Marlow Schulz had a fifth place finish with a seasonal best time of 2:10.70;  it was the sixth fastest time in  program history. Van Pelt finished in seventh place with a time of 2:13.37 and junior Veronica Thompson came in ninth with a time of 2:15.65.

The Red Storm had three other athletes finish in the top 12 in the 400-meter dash with Junior’s Pariis Garcia and Raquel Ricketts placing in fifth and sixth place. Garcia had a time of 55.04 seconds and Ricketts had a seasonal best with the time of 55.07 seconds. Senior Nastasya Rodriques came in 12th with the time of 56.82 seconds.

Freshman Chenoa Sebastian ran in the 100-meter hurdles to claim 13th place in 14.67 seconds. Freshman Julia Schwan and sophomore Shequell Higgs came in 18th and 19th place with times of 15.97 seconds and 15.98 seconds respectively.  Senior Radiya Buchanan ran 16.14 seconds for 21st place. Sophomore Christine Oguledo placed ninth in 1:04.63 in the 400 meter hurdles.

In the 4×400-meter relay, St John’s took third place with a time of 3:42.87 with Garcia, Schulz, Ricketts and Rodriques and  in the 4×100-meter relay, the team of King, Buchanan, Schwan and Oguledo took sixth place in 47.47 seconds.