QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 4x800m Takes 7th Place in Finals of ECAC Championships

QU Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 4x800m Takes 7th Place in Finals of ECAC Championships

PRINCETON, New Jersey – After a never-before-seen performance on Saturday at the ECAC Championships, the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team continued to defy the odds as the 4x800m relay group put together a second straight school record on the way earning 7th place overall.

'The women did a great job today!" said Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin. "We have a young group but they pulled it together after a very long year. We were very proud of them today for their incredible accomplishment."

Just one day removed from stunning the field with a 9th place finish in the preliminary round to earn the last qualifying spot into the ECAC Championship 4x800m Final, Quinnipiac's inexperienced group of sophomore Alyson Caron (Andover, New Jersey), freshman Darby Ginley (Warwick, New York) and juniors Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, New Jersey) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Connecticut) stepped up once again with a second consecutive record-setting day at the track.

After running a school record time of 9:03.67, that barley outkicked Ivy League power Cornell (9:03.84) for 9th place and the final qualifying spot, the Bobcats again posted a new school record time of 9:01.92 on Sunday that was good enough for the 7th spot in the overall standings.

A tremendous accomplishment, Quinnipiac was seeded 15th out of 18 teams coming into the preliminary round and not only managed to earn a spot in the finals but then best two teams (Holy Cross and Delaware) to pick up the 7th place result in a competition that features the 88 best teams from all across the East Coast.

This 4x800m relay group for the Bobcats also becomes the first Quinnipiac relay team (in any discipline) to place in the ECAC Championships.

Quinnipiac's 2014-15 track and field season still has some life left as junior sensation Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Connecticut) is attempting to make the field for the NCAA Regionals down in Jacksonville, Florida slated for May 29-30. Samuels, the 2015 New England Outdoor 400m Runner-Up, will be attempting to compete in her signature 400m event with a program record time of 53.88 seconds compiled at the New England Championships. If she makes the cut, Samuels would become just the second Bobcat to make it to an NCAA Regional event, joining Kaitlyn Gwyther who competed in the 5000m.

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