Shameal Samuels Wins 300m Dash While Alea Simons Advances to 60m Finals for Women's Indoor Track and Field at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) kept rolling along with a victory in the 300m dash while classmate Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) advanced to the 60m dash finals to lead the way for the Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field team at the Harvard Invitational. Overall, the Bobcats had 15 performers who finished in the Top 10 overall standings for their respective events while two school records were broken in the process in what was Quinnipiac's first appearance in their program's history at the Harvard Invitational.

Samuels starred once again on Saturday with her in her first 300m dash appearance, setting the school record with a time of 39.68 seconds. In what amounted to her second career victory in any event, she also broke the school record for the 300m dash in her victory and now holds the program record in the 200m, 300m and 400m dash at Quinnipiac. She placed first ahead of a host of Bobcats including junior Becca Stabile (3rd, 41.87 seconds), sophomore Kristen Ulrich (5th, 42.75), freshman Cori Reid (6th, 42.77) and sophomore Nia Baker (8th, 43.06). Her school record time of 39.68 seconds was the only sub-40 second result of any of the 21 competitors in the event.

The sophomore sensations Samuels rounded out her day with an 11th place finish in her first appearance in the 60m dash as she clocked in at 8.02 seconds to narrowly miss qualifying for the finals by three spots. She also led the Bobcat contingent with a 4th place finish in the 200m dash, earning the Top 5 finish with a time of 25.15 seconds. Freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) clocked in at 26.27 seconds to pick up a 9th place result out of 39 runners in the 200m.

A perennial threat as the Bobcats' primary short distance runner, Simons showcased her dynamic speed on Saturday with a pair of impressive runs starting with her time of 7.98 seconds in the 60m dash qualifying round. She has now bested eight seconds in the 60m dash three times in her career, becoming the first and only Bobcat in program history to accomplish the feat. Her finishing time was good enough for 8th place in the qualifier to earn a spot in the finals where she finished in 7th place overall with a time of 8.10 seconds.

Another bright spot for Quinnipiac on Saturday was their core group of long distance runners who shined in the one mile run. Sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) led the way with a 4th place finish and career-best time of 5:04.51 which vaults all the way up to No. 8 on the all-time leaderboard in Quinnipiac history. Savage was followed by a tight pack of Quinnipiac senior runners starting with Jess Soja (6th, 5:12.76), Christina Faust (7th, 5:13.15), Amanda Faust (8th, 5:14.20) and ending with Brianna Faust (10th, 5:15.83) as they all landed themselves in the Top 10.

The Bobcats' success in the middle distance events continued as Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) picked up a new personal-best with a time of 57.37 seconds in the 400m dash. The time bested her previous record by a mere .05 seconds established just three weeks ago at the Yale Invitational. Quinnipiac showed great depth again behind their top runner as Baker (5th, 1:00.05) and Reid (7th, 1:00.34) picked up new personal records sandwiched around Ulrich (6th, 1:00.24).

Also of note for the Bobcats was Pisciotta who earned a 10th place finish out of 24 competitors and a school record of 4.95m (16 feet, 3 inches) in the long jump. She bested Stabile's previous mark of 4.72m established back in the 2013 outdoor season for Quinnipiac. Finishing up the strong day for the Bobcats was freshman Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Conn.) who earned her first Top 10 finish with a time of 10:39.51 in the 3000m run.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 7 as they travel back to the Boston Univ. Track and Tennis Center for the Valentine Invitational.

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