Stephanie Van Pelt breaks school record in 800-meter at Tyson Invite

Stephanie Van Pelt broke the school record in the 800-meter Friday w/a time of 2:09.43 (2nd) at Tyson Invite (Graphic: Twitter @StJohnsXCTF)

Stephanie Van Pelt broke the school record in the 800-meter Friday w/a time of 2:09.43 (2nd) at Tyson Invite (Graphic: Twitter @StJohnsXCTF)

Reza Moreno, Staff Writer

St. John’s track and field had another busy competition at two weekend invitationals, highlighted by another milestone by one of the Van Pelt sisters. The squad impressed at the Tyson Invite in Arkansas and the Monmouth Invite in New Jersey.  

Stephanie Van Pelt’s school record in the 800-meter and her third-place finish in the mile highlighted their efforts at the Tyson meet. The sprints corps put up quality efforts on the fast track, falling just short of seasonal bests.

Van Pelt came out on top with top-three finishes and broke the school record for second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.43. Running with some of the top NCAA Division I sprinters, she finished third place, 4:57,32, in the one-mile.

Sophomore Maya Stephens came in 51st place in the 60-meter dash with a time 7.72 and in the 200-meter dash she took 42nd place with a time of 24.57 seconds. And back at it for the 4×400-meter relay is the impeccable four, Pariis Garcia, Raquel Ricketts, Claire Mooney and Jasmine Burkett, as they placed 8th with a time of 3:42.13; just a few seconds more from their time of 3:39.79 in Boston earlier this season. For the 400-meter dash alone, runners Garcia, Mooney, Ricketts, came in 14th, 15th and 34th place, with times of 54.93, 55.00, and Rooney came in with 56.41 seconds.

On Saturday, the Red Storm travelled to New Jersey and took home third place overall thanks to the great performances in the field events. Both Nyla Woods and Ann Dagrin came out with two of the top-three finishes of the field events. Woods got first place with a toss of 18.73-meters, while Dagrin came in second in the weight throw with an 18.22-meter toss. As for the long jump, Erica Graham took another personal best of third place with a mark of 5.73-meters. Freshmen Winona Peace finished second place in the triple jump with a PR mark of 11.14-meters.

Christine Oguledo took first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.81 seconds and she took 4th place in the 400-meter with a time of 59.84 seconds. Arnelle Thomas took home third place in the 60-meter dash with another PR time of 784 seconds.