Nicholls coach finishes race in women’s top 5 for second time while 8 months pregnant

Nicholls State University head cross country and track & field coach Stefanie Slekis came in 5th (3:07:15) in the women’s category at the Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge this past weekend – while being 8 months pregnant for her second child.  

“It was exciting to finish fifth,” Slekis said, with all things considered.”  

Slekis said she was trailing behind the woman that was in fifth but decided to fix her form for the last stretch after seeing her husband and daughter cheering her on near the last mile of the marathon.  

“I felt like a good runner again as opposed to a pregnant lady shuffling,” Slekis laughed.  

Slekis finished 3rd for women and 12th overall with a time of 17:59 at the Extra Yard 5k in New Orleans the weekend before.  

The Virginia native said she this should be her last race before going into labor.  

Last June, Slekis qualified for the U.S. Marathon Olympic Team Trials in Atlanta next month, but she won’t be able to compete as it is close to her expected delivery date.  

The excitement from being pregnant with her second child outweighed her wanting to be in the trials, Slekis noted. 

“I’ll just have to qualify for the next one,” she said. “Everything happens for a reason.”