LANDOVER, Md. – The two Quinnipiac women's indoor track relay teams carried the Bobcats on Sunday to a sixth place team finish at the Northeast Conference Championship from the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. The distance medley relay squad earned a second place finish, highest for the Bobcats on the afternoon, while the 4 x 400m relay team finishing in fourth place overall while breaking a school record in the process. Seven total runners placed on Sunday to help Quinnipiac earn a total of 45 points while Monmouth successfully defended their championship with 140.5 total points.
"It was a very exciting day for us at the Championships," said Quinnipiac women's indoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "I think our freshmen learned a lot about themselves and about racing today. We have a very young team so the experience gained here will go a long ways towards making us better in the outdoor season and next year. We will look to use what we learned and get getter. Everyone on this team is hungry to improve and I expect big things from them in the coming weeks."
The highlight for Quinnipiac on the afternoon was the performance of the distance medley team made up of graduate student Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.), senior Becca White (Natick, Mass.), sophomore Rebecca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) and junior Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.). The four Bobcats combined to cross the line in 12:22.35 which was good for second place and eight points in the team standings. The second place result was the highest for the Bobcats in a final event on the afternoon.
The next relay squad of junior Samantha Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshmen Nadia Jarvis (Port Republic, N.J.), Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.) put together a program record time of 3:56.29 in the 4 x 400m event. It bested the squad's previous school record of 3:56.40 established earlier this season at the Terrier Invite. It was also the first time the Bobcats have ever placed in the 4 x 400m relay in the program's NEC Championship history.
The most successful individual event of the day for the Bobcats was undoubtedly the one mile run where three Bobcats placed from fifth through seventh. Senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished fifth, first on the team, with a time of 5:14.04. Junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) was just fractions of a second behind Morelli as she crossed the line in 5:14.27. Finally, freshman Tracy Campbell (Port Republic, N.J.) chipped in with a time of 5:15.22 to place seventh in the event.
Youth shown through for the Bobcats in some of the shorter distance finals as Stabile put together an impressive fifth place finish in the 500m final. She crossed the line in 1:17.47 to earn her team four points. Freshman teammate Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) also ran well in the 800m final as finished in 2:19.77 to earn her a sixth place finish and three points for the Bobcats. Finally, freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) came through with a seventh place result in the 400m final as she ran a 58.77 seconds to earn her team two points.
Junior Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) tied Stabile and Morelli for the highest-placing Bobcat in an individual event as she placed fifth in the 5000m with a time of 17:78.74. Her finish gave Quinnipiac four points in the team standings and was also a personal best for Faust in the event.
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With the conference championship behind them, the Bobcats now look towards their next meet from Feb. 22-23 as they will compete in the New England Championships hosted by Boston University.
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