BOSTON, Mass. – The Quinnipiac women's indoor track team came out and put together an impressive all-around performance on Saturday to conclude the New England Championships in 16th place overall with 16 points. Three more school records were broken as sophomore Rebecca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) broke her 500m school record, the 4 x 400m relay team qualified for the ECAC Championships with a record-breaking run and the 4 x 800m relay team also turned in a school record on Saturday to up the Bobcats' season total to 22 program records broken. UConn came away with a first place finish in the overall standings with 149.33 points from the host location of Boston University.
"We couldn't be happier with our effort today," said Quinnipiac women's indoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "The girls exceeded expectations all day and came up with clutch performances throughout the competition. We've transformed from purely a long distance team into an all-around competitor. We are really excited to carry the momentum into next week at the ECAC Championships and into the outdoor season in March."
Rebecca Stabile came into Saturday qualifying for the 500m finals with a school record of 1:14.57 on Friday. The record stood all of 24 hours as she came away with a 1:14.53 in the 500m finals to place fourth in the event, the highest for Quinnipiac in a non-relay event on the afternoon. Rebecca earned five points for the Bobcats with her fourth place result and helped build a nice showing in the shorter events for her team.
The Bobcats 4 x 400m relay team kickstarted what was a sensation afternoon for the relay squads with a school record time of 3:51.08. The team of Rebecca Stabile, junior Sam Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshmen Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and Nadia Jarvis (Port Republic, N.J.) obliterated the previous program record of 3:56.29 by more than five seconds. The record-breaking time was good for sixth place overall, qualified the Bobcats for the ECAC Championships in the vent and helped earned three points for the Bobcats.
Another eye-popping result came from the 4 x 800m relay team of freshmen Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.), sophomore Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) who chipped in the third and final school record broken on the afternoon with a time of 9:10.63. The run eclipsed the previous school record of 9:14.20 established all the way back on March 5, 2005. Saturday's run was good for third place overall in the event, the highest finish for the Bobcats in any event, and earned six points in the team standings.
Freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) showed well in the 400m finals as she crossed the line in 56.92 seconds. Her seventh place finish on Saturday earned her team two points in the team standings and gave the Bobcats a total of seven points from the short distance finals.
"We are extremely proud of the girls today," said assistant women's indoor track coach and short distance specialist Steve Belanger. "We set a goal at the beginning of this season to change the face of this track team. With a sprint crew comprised of all underclassmen they had a lot of work to do to achieve that goal. I think we've done just that and I'm very excited for the future of the program."
Other highlights from the New England Championships included a personal best from senior Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) in the 3000m as she ran a 10:17.18. Three Bobcats crossed the line with personal bests in the one mile run as junior Jessica Soja (5:01.24), freshman Tracy Campbell (5:02.98) and senior Rachel Morelli (5:06.14) all made up the group. Senior Becca White (Natick, Mass.) came one spot away from placing in the 3000m as she ran a 9:59.42, just a little over one second away from the eighth place finisher which would have earned her points for Quinnipiac.
Next up for the Bobcats is the indoor track season finale at the ECAC Championships from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury Crossing, Mass. Quinnipiac has qualified for a program-record seven events as graduate student Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) will run in the 3000m, White will compete in the 5000m, Samuels in the 400m, Rebecca Stabile in the 500m and the Bobcats will also put together three relay teams for the distance medley, 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m. The ECACs will run from March 2 -3 next weekend and will conclude the Quinnipiac women's indoor track 2012-13 season.
Official New England Championships Women Team Results
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