QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Posts 18 Points to Take 17th Place Out of 41 Teams at New England Championships

QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Posts 18 Points to Take 17th Place Out of 41 Teams at New England Championships

BOSTON, Massachusetts – The incredible 2014-15 campaign for the Quinnipiac women's track and field team continued over the weekend as the Bobcats scored 18 points to take 17th place out of 41 teams at the 2015 New England Championships. Quinnipiac's 18 points are the highest scored by the Bobcats at an outdoor New England Championship since 2007 when QU tallied 22 points. In addition, all 18 of Quinnipiac's points were scored in sprint events (400m or shorter) as Bobcats placed in the 400m, 4x100m and 400m hurdles. Southern Conn. St. took the 2015 New England Championship with 72 points scored over the three-day event.

The impressive outing for Quinnipiac started with the 400m dash as junior standout Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Connecticut) looked to make some noise in her signature event. After advancing to the finals with a qualifying time of 54.64 seconds, Samuels legged out a new outdoor program record time of 53.88 seconds. She bested her previous program record of 54.11 seconds by a wide margin and was able to take 2nd place overall in the finals. Unfortunately for Samuels, she was going up against the reigning NCAA Div. II champ in Merrimack's Carly Muscaro who ran her 400m dash in a staggering 51.83 seconds. Muscaro's time is not only good enough for Top 10 in the country but also in the professional ranks as well.

Another thrilling return to form came from senior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Massachusetts) who came through with two consecutive season-bests throughout the event in the 400m hurdles. Stabile started with a 4th place finish in the preliminary round with a time of 1:02.35 and then she followed that up with an even more impressive time of 1:01.75 in the finals to give her a career-high 3rd place finish overall. Stabile's time is the second-fastest of her career as her still-standing program record of 1:01.68 from the 2013 NEC Championships was nearly bested on Saturday.

The third and final event that Quinnipiac placed in throughout the competition came in the 4x100m relay which has suddenly turned from an event that the Bobcats didn't field any competitors into now a dominant force that can compete with any team in the region. Quinnipiac's steady group of Alea Simons (Piscataway, New Jersey), Leah Pfrommer (Killingworth, Connecticut), Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, New York) and Jessica Lee (Montgomery, New Jersey) combined to finish 5th overall out of 24 teams with a time of 47.93 seconds. Quinnipiac's first 4x100m relay team to combine at the New England Championships was bested only by powerhouse New Haven, the 2015 champion So. Conn. St. and two traditionally dominant programs in Rhode Island and Boston College.

With 18 points already in-hand, Quinnipiac was guaranteed a strong day but the team's point total very nearly made program history as three Bobcats placed 9th overall in their respective events, just one spot outside of earning points in the team standings.

The first of which came from Lee in her signature 100m hurdles event. Racing as a freshman against one of the most talented fields she has ever seen, Lee crossed the line with a time of 14.74 seconds to place 9th overall out of 36 competitors in the preliminary round.

Two Bobcats came close to placing in the 5000m as sophomore Niamh Ashe (East Islip, New York) and Kaleigh Roberts (Higganum, Connecticut) placed 9th and 11th overall, respectively. Both QU underclassmen showed well in their first career New England Championship as Ashe posted a time of 17:38.64 while Roberts was right behind with 17:50.72.

The third and final 9th place result of the day came from the Bobcats' 4x800m relay team of Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Massachusetts), Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Connecticut), Katy Petrie (Cranston, Rhode Island) and Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, New Jersey) who finished with a time of 9:28.58 to take the 9th place finish out of 19 competitors.

Some other individual highlights throughout the day included sophomore Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Connecticut) who nearly placed in the 3000m steeplechase as she clocked in with a personal-best time of 11:07.69 to take 11th place out of 26. Chaplen's career-high time moves her into the Top 5 all-time list in program history for the 3000m steeplechase, an impressive feat for the sophomore who came into the season ranked 9th overall on the QU record list. Christina Faust (Macungie, Pennsylvania) was also close behind as she took 13th place with a time of 11:14.04.

Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Connecticut) continued to impress in the javelin throw as she came up with 37.40m in the finals to take 11th place out of 23 competitors. In just her second season with the Bobcats, Mears finished just three spots out of placing for the first time at the New England Champions. Mears' throw was still good enough for a four-spot improvement on her 15th place finish in the javelin throw at the 2014 New England Championships. 

Nia Baker (Brooklyn, New York) nearly joined Samuels in the 400m final as she was the 11th-fastest in the preliminary round, clocking in at 56.82 seconds which was only 0.31 seconds off of the Top 8 runners.

Nadia Jarvis (Port Republic, New Jersey) represented another Bobcat who posted a new personal-best on the day as she clocked in at 25.83 seconds in the 200m preliminaries to take 17th place out of 29 runners.

Quinnipiac also fielded four runners in the 800m and were led by junior Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Connecticut) who came through with a 13th place finish and time of 2:14.31. Sophomore Alyson Caron (Andover, New Jersey) followed Nabadduka closely as she finished in 16th place with a time of 2:15.55.

Several Bobcats are set to take the track next weekend as Quinnipiac prepares for the 2015 ECAC Championships held at Weaver Stadium on the campus of Princeton University. The three-day meet is set to begin on Friday, May 15 and will run through Sunday, May 17.

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