Five Program Records Broken for QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field on Senior Day at the Yale Springtime Invitational

Five Program Records Broken for QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field on Senior Day at the Yale Springtime Invitational

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – In a day that started with accolades for the senior class members, the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team prolonged its glorious day with five record-breaking performances at the Yale Springtime Invitational. As the Bobcats move into their championship season, Quinnipiac's full fleet of performers are beginning to peak at the right time as the team set new program records in five different events – 100m dash, triple jump, javelin throw, 4x100m relay and discus throw – on Sunday at the Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track.

Prior to the start of competitions in the day, Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin honored her four senior class members who all are competing in their final year of eligibility in the blue and gold. These four seniors – Christina Faust (Macungie, Pennsylvania), Katy Petrie (Cranston, Rhode Island), Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Connecticut) and Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Massachusetts) – all helped elevate the Quinnipiac track and field program throughout their time at the University both on and off track.

"Our senior class is a small one but they all improved so much in their time in the program," Coach Martin said. "They all have been great to work with, are tremendous role models to our underclassmen, dedicate themselves in the classroom and are all amazing representations for the University. I would like to thank them for all their hard work and I wish them nothing but success in the years to come."

As for the action on the playing surface on Sunday, Quinnipiac fielded success throughout the day in a wide array of events ranging from the sprints to the field and into the distance runs. Quinnipiac's five program record performances are their most in a single meet this season while three Bobcats scored individual victories in their respective events which represented another season-best.

"I'm proud of everyone and the job they did today," Coach Martin said. "A lot of records were broken today, both on the program level as well as individually. Our team is starting to peak at the right time and I'm really excited to spend this week preparing for the MAAC Championships next weekend."

Starting with the sprint events, Quinnipiac came out firing with a program record in the Bobcats' ever-improving 4x100m relay group of Alea Simons (Piscataway, New Jersey), Leah Pfrommer (Killingworth, Connecticut), Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, New York) and Jessica Lee (Montgomery, New Jersey). Nearly one month after setting a new program-best in the 4x100m relay, the four Bobcats did one better as they clocked in at 48.32 seconds to finish 3rd overall out of nine teams. These Bobcats bested the previous record of 48.53 seconds set on March 28, 2015 at the Fred Hardy Invite.

Those in attendance on Sunday were dazzled in a wildly entertaining 100m dash that featured the Bobcats' record-setting Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Connecticut). Quinnipiac's illustrious sprinter had herself a day competing in a talented field as she came through with the program's first sub-12 second 100m dash, clocking in at 11.87 seconds on Sunday. Samuels' record-setting time was good enough for 3rd place (out of 25) while also sitting well ahead of her previous QU record of 12.48 seconds set at the 2015 Fred Hardy Invite. She continued her incredible day with an outdoor program record of 24.69 seconds, breaking another one of her own previous program-bests, to place 3rd overall (out of 39) in the 200m dash.

If one needs evidence as to the maturation of the track and field program, looking at the Bobcats' results in the field events on Sunday will only go to show the substantial progress made in the last few years. Pisciotta and Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Connecticut) were equally as impressive in their respective events as each broke their own previous program records by considerable margins.

Pisciotta owned the triple jump with a leap of 11.27m, breaking her previous program-best of 10.97m by a full .30m on Sunday. She took 5th place overall (out of 13) in her signature event while also becoming the first Bobcat to record a triple jump of more than 11m.

Mears, meanwhile, showed considerable progression in her signature event as she posted 39.84m in the javelin throw to claim the overall victory against 15 competitors. Mears, who became the one of the program's first two competitors in the javelin throw, claimed her first career victory with a record-setting mark of 39.84m. The previous program-best of 36.13m was set by Mears on May 3, 2014, a throw that was nearly four meters short of her record on Sunday.

Mackenzie Merkel (Hillsdale, New Jersey) was all over the field on Sunday as she competed in the shot put, discus throw and javelin throw on Sunday. Merkel broke the program record in the discus throw, setting a new mark of 32.36m to break what was her own previous program-best.

Not to be lost amongst the shuffle in all the records throughout the day in the field events was Pfrommer who placed 2nd overall (out of 16) in the long jump with a result of 5.66m. Pisciotta also continued a strong day with a personal-best jump of 5.43m to place 5th overall, joining Pfrommer in the Top 5 of the long jump result list.

Three more Bobcats scored overall victories on the day, starting with an incredible performance from Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Connecticut). Running in her first 1500m event of the season, Nabadduka led the field as she placed 1st overall (out of 34) with a time of 4:46.10. Joining Nabadduka in the Top 5 was Faust (4:49.42) and Cameron Chaplen (4:50.12) who both posted personal-bests on the afternoon.

Stabile celebrated Senior Day in style as she posted the overall victory in her signature 400m hurdles event, legging out a time of 1:03.96 to lead a field of 11 runners. Christina Barbaro (Elk Township, New Jersey) also placed 4th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:06.94.

The final Bobcat to land an overall victory came in the 3000m run as Ashley Carle (Jackson, New Jersey) took home 1st place with a personal-best time of 10:31.82.

Quinnipiac saw several more solid performances throughout the day as Kristen Ulrich (Clark, New Jersey) posted a new outdoor personal-best with a time of 58.66 seconds to place 4th overall (out of 32). Alyson Caron (Andover, New Jersey) joined Ulrich with a personal-best of her own, clocking in at 59.51 seconds in the 400m dash to take 6th place.

Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, New Jersey) led a strong contingent of Bobcats in the 800m as she took 5th place (out of 47) with a time of 2:18.55. Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Massachusetts) and Petrie followed closely behind in 7th and 8th place, respectively.

The day full of success for Quinnipiac will hopefully translate into success next weekend as the Bobcats head down to the campus of Monmouth University, the host site of the 2015 MAAC Championships from May 2-3.

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