Shameal Samuels
Shameal Samuels
Height: 5-4
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Hartford, Conn.
High School: Capital Preparatory Magnet
Position: Sprint

As a Sophomore in 2014:
Continued her dominance in the 400m with two sensational runs before missing the majority of the 2014 season due to injury … Placed 9th overall (out of 70) in the 400m season opener at the Fred Hardy Invite as she clocked in at 57.22 seconds … Qualified for the ECAC Championships with her time of 55.40 seconds in the 400m dash at the Colonial Relays … Her time of 55.40 seconds was the 2nd-fastest for all underclassmen in the competition as well as 1st place for all mid-major programs as the top four finishers hailed from Villanova and Rutgers … Was a member of the DMR relay team (Savage, Campbell, Petrie, Samuels) that took 6th place (out of 19) with a time of 11:58.38 at the Colonial Relays. 

As a Freshman in 2013:
Established herself as the most dynamic sprinter the program has ever seen in just her rookie season with the Bobcats…Finished the 2013 season with program records in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m as well as All-New England honors in the 400m and 4x400m relay…Nabbed the 4x400m relay record at the New England Championships with a time of 3:52.97 to finish 8th overall and earn the All-New England honors…Progressed individually throughout the 2013 season as she lowered the program record in the 400m with each new meet…Started the season off strong with a 4th place finish out of 54 runners in her only 100m dash with a time of 12.93 seconds in the George Davis Invite…Picked up a 2nd place finish in the George Davis Invite’s 200m dash as she crossed the line in 26.10 seconds…Ran her season-best in the 200m at the Brown Invitational with a time of 26.08 seconds to finish 6th out of 52 runners…Placed 2nd in the 400m at the Brown Invitational and 4th in the Larry Ellis Invitational…Peaked during the championship season wherein she qualified for the 400m Northeast Conference Championship and placed 5th in the finals with a time of 56.53 seconds…Was ever better the following week as she was first in the 400m preliminaries at the New England Championships with a season-high and program record 55.27 seconds…She went on to finish as the New England runner-up in the 400m with a time of 55.82 seconds in the finals. 

Before Quinnipiac:
Graduated from Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Conn…Lettered in cross country, indoor and outdoor track during her high school career…Ran on some very successful teams in high school but she also took home numerous individual titles including the 400m CSC Conference Champion, 600m CSC Conference Champion, 800m CSC Conference Champion, and she was named the Constitution State Conference MVP for Outdoor 2012…Posted an incredible time of 57.17 on May 30 to take second place at the CT Class S Championship…Claimed many first place finishes during the 2012 outdoor season but finished with a career-best time of 41.84 in the 300 meters at the Yale Invitational where she claimed fourth place…Ran a career-best time of 1:38.36 at the State Open during the 2012 indoor season in the 600m…Ran to a career-best 200m time of 26.78 seconds during the 2011 outdoor season…Ran on some incredible relay teams during the 2010 outdoor season as she was on five different first place teams during the season…Twice in the 4x100m relay, twice in the 4x400m relay, and once in the 4x800m she helped her team race to a first place finish.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and raised in Hartford, Conn…Daughter of Gary Samuels and Vandrea Manderson…Has three younger brothers Alvin, Jeremy, and Jashawn …Has two sisters Shantell and Everdene…Plans to major in criminal justice.