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PRINCETON, New Jersey - A host of Bobcats - Alea Simons (Piscataway, New Jersey), Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, New York), Jessica Lee(Montgomery, New Jersey) and Nia Baker (Brooklyn, New York) - all scored new personal-bests in either the 100m or 200m sprint events to highlight the days' action for the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The Bobcats also saw a pair of tremendous performances in the 3000m steeplechase while Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Massachusetts) made a return to her signature event - the 400m hurdles - for the first time this season.
The performance put together from Simons was truly a special one as the now junior sprinter ran her fastest 100m sprint in her three-year career. She clocked in at 12.54 seconds on Saturday, besting her previous career-best of 12.63 seconds established back on March 29, 2013 at Richmond. Simons moves up the Quinnipiac career leaderboard and vaults into 2nd place behind only Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Connecticut) who owns every sprint record in program history.
Not to be forgotten in the Bobcats' 100m sprint group was Pisciotta and Lee who both finished right behind Simons' time with 12.58 seconds and 12.64 seconds, respectively. Piscciotta's time beats her previous career-high of 12.60 seconds just a mere .02 while Lee moves all the way up to 4th place all-time in the 100m behind Samuels, Simons and Pisciotta with her new career-best performance.
Baker and Pisciotta continued the Bobcats' assault in the sprint events as each tallied new personal-bests in the 200m sprint event. Baker led the way as she scored a new personal record for the second time in three weeks, clocking in at 25.31 seconds on Saturday to best her previous career-high of 25.60 seconds. Pisciotta, meanwhile, clocked in with her fastest 200m sprint in nearly a full year as she put up at time of 25.40 seconds at the Larry Ellis Invitational, besting her previous best of 25.70 seconds accomplished at the Yale Invitational on April 27, 2014.
Moving into the distance events, Christina Faust (Macungie, Pennsylvania) and Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Connecticut) both picked up new personal-bests in the 3000m steeplechase. The grueling event has been a point of emphasis in the Quinnipiac track and field program in the last few seasons and the hard work is starting to pay dividends as Faust and Chaplen both moved up considerable spots in the Top 10 all-time record list for the 3000m steeplechase. Faust was the biggest mover of the two as she clocked in at 11:03.91 which is good enough for the 3rd-fastest 3000m steeplechase in Quinnipiac women's track and field history. Faust bested her previous career-high of 11:29.91 by a considerable margin of 26 seconds. Chaplen also impressed as she posted a time of 11:24.18 to move up to 6th place all-time from her previous personal-best of 8th in the Quinnipiac record list.
Stabile also made an immediate impact in her first 400m hurdle event of the season as she earned 5th place with a time of 1:03.57. One of the Bobcats' senior leaders, Stabile is well on her way to gearing up for the championship season as she looks to improve upon her own personal 400m hurdles program record.
Freshman Darby Ginley (Warwick, New York) put together a respectable 13th place finish out of 42 competitors to lead Quinnipiac's 800m contingent. Ginley clocked in with a time of 2:18.71. Junior Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, New Jersey) finished 17th overall in the 1500m with a time of 4:50.04. Lee just missed her own program record in the 100m hurdles as she placed 13th in the preliminary round with a time of 14.63 seconds, falling just short of her own personal-best of 14.55 seconds.
Quinnipiac will be back in action next weekend as the Bobcats head down to the most prestigious and longest-running track meets in the country as the Penn Relays will kickoff on Thursday, April 23 and will run through Saturday, April 25. All competitions will be held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
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