NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's outdoor track and field team competed at the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday, April 29. The Bobcats honored four graduating seniors prior to the start of Sunday's meet, including Amanda Duggan (Waldwick, N.J.), Julie Lanning (Victor, N.Y.), Kaitie Kelly (Weymouth, Mass.), and Katherine Beam (South Windsor, Conn.).
"Celebrating senior day was a really nice way to start off today's meet," said Head Coach Carolyn Martin. "I also think today's races went well, especially under the windy conditions. The girls had to be a lot smarter and we definitely saw a lot of competitive performances."
Sophomore Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) led Quinnipiac in the 1,500-meter run as she finished fourth in a season-best time of 4:45.38. Four other Bobcats participated in the event, including Lanning who followed in 20th at 4:58.04.
Five Bobcats competed in the 800-meter run, but freshman Rebecca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) was the team's top finisher, placing second in her heat and eighth overall in a field of 68 opponents. Stabile crossed the finish line in 2:19.98, while senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) followed in 30th with a time of 2:28.61. Stabile also represented Quinnipiac in the 200-meter dash where she placed 15th amongst over 30 runners in 26.97.
QU sophomore Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) was the team's top performer in the 3,000-meter run as she placed fourth in 10:33.52. Senior Martha Santandreu (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Kelly also posted top-10 finishes in the event.
Freshman Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) paced the Bobcats in the 400-meters with a 16th-place finish in 1:03.60. The Bobcats were also represented by Duggan in both the triple and long jump, while Kaitlyn Flynn (New Milford, Conn.) competed in the high jump.
"I'm really excited and looking forward to the Northeast Conference Championships next weekend," said Martin. "Now that we're closing down on the outdoor season, the seniors want to end their careers on a high note. I'm expecting some great performances at the NEC's."
Quinnipiac returns to action when it runs at the 2012 NEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 5-6. The meet will be hosted by Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.
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