QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 4x800m Relay Breaks School Record and Qualifies for Finals at ECAC Championships

QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 4x800m Relay Breaks School Record and Qualifies for Finals at ECAC Championships

PRINCETON, New Jersey – History was made on the track on Saturday as the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team saw their 4x800m relay group advance to the finals of the ECAC Championships. Racing against the best competition across the East Coast, the Bobcats' 4x800m team not only ran the best time in program history but also became the first Quinnipiac relay team (in any discipline) to advance to the finals at the ECAC Championships. The finals of the 4x800m event will take place on Sunday, May 17 at 2:40 PM from Weaver Stadium on the campus of Princeton University.

Quinnipaic's triumph was one of the most stunning surprise of the day as the Bobcats came into the 4x800m relay event seeded 15th out of 18 teams in the competition. With the odds stacked against them, Quinnipiac's team of Alyson Caron (Andover, New Jersey), Darby Ginley (Warwick, New York), Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, New Jersey) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Connecticut) pulled off the thrilling upset and finished 9th overall out of the 18 teams, earning the last spot to qualify for the finals on Sunday.

Coming into Saturday with a previous season-high of 9:07.38, the four Bobcats certainly put forth a significant effort as the relay squad put together a program record time of 9:03.67, nearly four full seconds faster than the previous best. The team's triumph also is cemented in the record books as they passed a time of 9:05.69 from March 3, 2013 that had stood as the program record for over two years. Quinnipiac joins La Salle, Penn, Monmouth, Yale, Maryland-Eastern Shore, James Madison, Delaware and Holy Cross in the finals on Sunday. The Bobcats' record-setting time barley legged out Cornell who finished a spot behind QU with a time of 9:03.84 which was just 0.17 behind Quinnipiac's relay group.

"We are very excited that our 4x800 meter relay team broke the school record and qualified for ECAC finals!" said Quinnipiac assistant coach and middle distance specialist Chris Dickerson. "The team was seeded 15th coming in but really stepped up to finish well enough to make the finals tomorrow!"

Several other Quinnipiac competitors saw action through the weekend thus far as the Bobcats' 4x100m relay group, competing in their first ECAC Championship, finished with a time of 48.45 seconds. The established group of: Alea Simons (Piscataway, New Jersey), Leah Pfrommer (Killingworth, Connecticut), Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, New York) and Jessica Lee (Montgomery, New Jersey) took to the track one final time this season as the 2015 MAAC 4x100m Relay Champion finished this season with a host of program-firsts.

Also racing in her first ECAC Championship event, Niamh Ashe (East Islip, New York) put together a personal-best time of 17:19.58 in the 5000m to place 20th overall out of 23 runners. Ashe did her best work of her career against the most talented field she has ever raced against and looks to carry that end-of-season momentum into her junior campaign in 2015-16.

Another program-first came in the long jump event where Pfrommer, in just her first season with the Bobcats, became the first long jumper to compete in the ECAC Championships in program history. The QU freshman impressed in her first appearance in the wildly talented field as she placed 11th overall out of 24 competitors with a jump of 5.48m.

Quinnipiac returns to the track again on Sunday where the 4x800m relay finals will commence at approximately 2:40 PM at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, New Jersey.

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