The track and field athletes at St. John’s University had just completed a strong indoor season when the outdoor season was cancelled. This left seniors without a fulfilling end to their collegiate careers. Some may return if the NCAA extends their eligibility, but others are off to the next phase of their lives.

“We had a fantastic indoor season,” said head coach Jim Hurt. “[Junior sprinter] Leah Anderson has been really sensational. We won the Metropolitan Championship, which is always something we like doing. We were very competitive at the Big East [Championships]. The ECAC, we finished 11th overall of the 60-something teams that compete.

“We had national ranked performances,” he added. “Leah and our shot putters were ranked.”

Hurt said since the athletes had not competed in a single outdoor meet, it’s highly likely eligibility will extend to next year. Some of the seniors already have plans after graduation, but others may be open to returning. Regardless, Hurt took time to reflect on the Red Storm seniors.

Senior thrower Amarys Berry already has another year of eligibility due to injury her freshman year. She will be starting a graduate program at St. John’s in the fall. “She’s established herself as one of the top throwers in the Eastern United States and knocking on the door for the national level,” said Hurt.

Sprinter Destiny Davis had an internship with Tommy Hilfiger last summer in pursuit of a career in fashion. “She had a great season for us,” said Hurt. “She had an outstanding career.”

Twins Jackie Gallagher, middle distance, and Therese Gallagher, distance, have a family tradition in track. Their older sister, Kerri Gallagher, is the head coach at Manhattan College. Therese was sidelined due to injury throughout the indoor season, so she may well return next year. Stephanie Gerland has been the top distance runner for the Red Storm this year.

Sprinter/hurdler Melissa Greaves has battled injury and has a job lined up as a paralegal with the goal of attending law school, so her Red Storm days are likely over. Graduate student distance runner Nicole McCarthy is finishing up a five-year program. Javelin and discus thrower Olivia Pantale missed this year due to injury, so she has another full year of eligibility.

“This group the last couple of years has been a wonderful group to work with,” said Hurt, who has been the head coach at St. John’s for 32 years. “Seniors are always a bittersweet situation for us. They come in as freshmen and they leave as outstanding women. We hate to see them leave, but they’re always part of the St. John’s track and field family.”