Women's Indoor Track Finishes Seventh At NEC Championships

LANDOVER, Md. - The Quinnipiac University women's indoor track team ran in the final day of the 2010 Northeast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Prince George's Country Sports Complex. The Bobcats finished seventh amongst 12 teams at the annual conference championship meet, despite not having a field team competing. Quinnipiac finished the meet with 31 team points, while Long Island won their first league title since 2007 and their fifth overall with149 points.

After Saturday's performance earned her a spot in Sunday's final of the 800 meters, freshman Christine Cristobal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) ran a strong race in her first NEC Championship meet. Cristobal finished fourth in the final of the 800-meter race, crossing the line in 2:20.98, less than three seconds back of the winner from LIU. That time was also a three-second improvement from her preliminary qualifying time on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats' Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team won in Sunday's finals. Quinnipiac's four runners combined to run a 12:19.29, more than 14 seconds faster than the second place Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary's. Sophomore Katie Beam (South Windsor, Conn.) led the team and was followed by junior Jeanna Favat (Gibbsboro, N.J.) and sophomore Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) in the second and third spots. Fellow sophomore Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) ran in the anchor position and posted one of the top times of her career as her performance helped the Bobcats win the event.

Freshman Becca White (Natick, Mass.) finished third in the finals of the 5000 meters. Her time of 17:40.95 was 52 seconds faster than the fourth-place finisher with Anna Hoffman of Saint Francis (PA) and Sacred Heart's Kimberly DeLoreto finishing first and second, respectively.

"We had a lot of great performances this weekend," head coach Carolyn Martin said. "We have some good momentum headed into New Englands. I am expecting that we will continue to build on this and have even better individual performances next week."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Feb. 26 at the New England Championships. Boston University will host the annual meet at the Track & Tennis Center.