RICHMOND, Va. – In a day that saw the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track team break five school records, freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) dazzled with a record-breaking 400m to highlight the Bobcats' effort in Day Two of the Fred Hardy Invitational. Coming off an impressive Day One showing that saw senior Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) win the 3k Steeplechase, Samuels picked up where she left off from the indoor season and tore up the course with her 400m run.
"Our girls did a great job today getting their work in and making the most of the opportunities," said Quinnipiac women's outdoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "We had some girls pull double duty today with runs in the relays and open events and they all did a great job. Overall for us it was a great meet with great weather and we hope to keep improving as the season moves on."
After turning in the most impressive 400m time in program history during the indoor season at 56 seconds flat, Samuels tore up the course with a 56.87 on Saturday. The new program record beat the previous record of 59.8 established at the 2012 Fred Hardy Invitational. Her time was good enough for eighth place out of 46 other competitors.
The one remaining distance event after Friday was the 3000m which the Bobcats performed admirably with two top-10 finishers. Junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) crossed the line at 10;21.86 which is the sixth-fastest 3000m outdoor time in program history. Soja was trailed by freshman Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) who posted a 10:23.04 which is the fastest 3000m time by any Quinnipiac freshman in program history. The Bobcat duo finished back-to-back in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
One of the busiest events for the Bobcats on Saturday was the 4 x 800m relay in which Coach Martin fielded three different teams. The fastest being the squad made up of senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.), freshman Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.), sophomore Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Kaitlynn Hammerton (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) who combined for a time of 9:40.69, good enough for third place out of eight teams. Two more Quinnipiac teams each posted results of less than 10 minutes combined as 12 different Bobcat runners saw action in the event.
Among the four other school records broken on Saturday, the first of which came in the 100m dash as freshman Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) now holds both the indoor and outdoor 100m program records. She crossed the line in 12.63 seconds to finish 16th overall out of 52 competitors. Freshman Nadia Jarvis (Port Republic, N.J.) claimed her program record in the 100m hurdles as she became the first ever Bobcat to run the event. Her time of 17.41 now stands alone in the record books. Other record breakers included the 4 x 100m relay team (50.08 seconds) and sophomore Rebecca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) in the long jump (4.72m). All three of which were events in which the Bobcats were competing for the first time in program history.
Now the Bobcats will look to improve and better their results next week at the George Davis Invite hosted by UMass Lowell on Saturday, April 6.
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