Shameal Samuels Highlights QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Medaling in 400m at Mt. SAC Relays

Shameal Samuels Highlights QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Medaling in 400m at Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, California – The lengthy journey out to the West Coast ended in triumph for the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team as junior Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Connecticut) medaled in her signature 400m event to highlight the day's action out on the campus of Mount San Antonia College in Walnut, California.

Samuels, the 2015 MAAC Most Outstanding Track Performer and New England 400m Champion, continues her stellar individual season with another big-time performance amongst the most talented field she's ever competed against. Racing in a field of 61 competitors hailing from the likes of Duke, Central Florida, Colorado, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV and Mississippi State amongst others, Samuels made a name for herself with a time of 54.11 seconds to place 5th overall in the supremely talented field. Her blistering time of 54.11 seconds easily tops her previous outdoor program record of 55.27 seconds achieved in 2013 as she continues to hold the program records (both outdoor and indoor) in all four sprint events - 60m, 100m, 200m, 300m and 400m. Samuels' 5th place finish earned her a spot in the medal group as she'll fly back to the East Coast with another impressive resume booster.

Several more Bobcats made the plane trip out to California and competed in the Azuza Pacific Invitational later that evening as three student-athletes competed in the 5000m run with two Bobcats earning new personal-bests. Both sophomore Niamh Ashe (East Islip, New York) and freshman Kaleigh Roberts (Higganum, Connecticut) tallied new personal-bests as Ashe clocked in 17:24.20 while Roberts ripped off a time of 17:25.98. Ashe's new personal outdoor record placed her 31st overall out of a season-high 138 competitors while Roberts earned 35th place, just four spots behind Ashe, in the overall results. The third Bobcat competing in the 5000m, freshman Emily Wolff (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) returned to the West Coast and put together a solid time of 17:37.48 to place 52nd overall.

The final Bobcat competitor to see the track out in California was junior Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Connecticut) who sported an ultra-impressive time of 2:14.37 in the 800m to place 30th overall out of a talented field of 114 competitors (season-high). Nabadduka's time of 2:14.37 is good enough for her fastest outdoor 800m in her career while she nearly bested the outdoor program record of 2:13.38 from Erin O'Connell back on May 25, 2007.

The remainder of the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team is in action through Saturday back in Princeton, New Jersey at the Larry Ellis Invitational.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu