BOSTON, Mass. – Racing in their 2012-13 season debut, the Quinnipiac women's indoor track team showcased several runners at the Jay Carisella Invitational hosted by Boston University as five separate school records all were broken on Saturday. Sophomore Rebecca Stabile established a new record in the 500m while a freshmen trio in Shameal Samuels, Kristen Ulrich and Alea Simons all recorded program records in the 400m, 200m, and 60m, respectively. The fifth record fell in the 4x400m where the foursome of Stabile, Samuels, and freshmen Ashley Niemiec and Nadia Jarvis all teamed up for the relay.
"I really couldn't be happier with today's results," Quinnipiac women's indoor track head coach Carolyn Martin said. "Our short sprinters have really made a huge impact in practice as they are motivating everyone to keep getting better. The girls showed today they have what it takes to compete at this level and I can't wait to see where they go from here."
The highlight of the day certainly was the 4x400m relay team of Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.), Samuels (Hartford, Conn.), Niemiec (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Jarvis (Port Republic, N.J.). All four freshmen teamed up to post a time of 3:57.30 as a team to set a new Quinnipiac record in the event. The combination bested the previous mark of 4:15.61 by over 18 seconds that was established on Feb. 4, 2006.
Stabile finished with her second school record of the day in the 500m as she won the event with a time of 1:15.91. She bested her own record that was originally 1:18.58 established last season at Rhode Island on Jan. 21, 2012.
The 400m belonged to Samuels as the freshman crossed the line with a time of 57.79 seconds, good for second place in the event. She is the first Quinnipiac runner to ever finish below one minute in the 400m.
Ulrich (Clark, N.J.) posted a school record 26.53 seconds in the 200m while Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) finished with another school record with a time of 8.31 seconds in the 60m event.
"I'm really happy with all our freshmen today and especially the short distance runners," Quinnipiac women's indoor track assistant coach Steve Belanger said. "Our girls showed they had a lot of gas still in the tank despite our training to start the season. They posted some great times today and we will continue to work to keep getting better."
Graduate student Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) came through with an impressive second place finish in the 3000m as she crossed the line in 10:10.87. Senior Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) led the Bobcat contingent with a time of 2:26.87 in the 800m while senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted a fifth place result in the one mile race with a personal-best 5:08.44.
The final event in the calendar year is scheduled for next Saturday Dec. 8 at the Yale Lid Lifter where the Bobcats will be in competition throughout the day.
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